Football - Premier League

Managers: Fergie lauds stars

Managerial reaction from Saturday's Premier League matches, with Sir Alex Ferguson praising a "fantastic" performance against Wolves.

 
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Manchester United 4-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Alex Ferguson: "On Wednesday, we worked our socks off and didn’t get a break. Today we worked our socks off and we did get a break. Some of the football was fantastic and obviously getting the second goal relaxed everyone. I know Wolves scored just after half-time but they deserved that because they keep crossing the ball into the box and they’re a real threat from those crosses."

Mick McCarthy: "I don't look at Manchester United in a different way. I can't remember when Manchester United, at Old Trafford, was an easy task. All the hype and talk about their demise is nonsense. They have had a tough couple of results. They have been knocked out of the Champions League. But they will get back again because they have got really good players and a whole load of young players, who are developing."

Arsenal 1-0 Everton

Arsene Wenger: "Robin (van Persie) got us a goal which was at the moment of the game where we struggled a little bit to create chances. He delivered something special and three important points. Robin has scored an exceptional goal, he said himself he was not in his best of days, but what is important is you are efficient. That is what it is to be professional, when you do not feel the greatest."

David Moyes: "We were very fortunate to go in level at half time but when they scored the goal we were slightly in the ascendancy and beginning to make it as tough as we could for them. The players did well and they kept at it. We got much better and stronger in the second half than we had been in the first."

Liverpool 1-0 Queens Park Rangers

Kenny Dalglish: "The headlines (about Luis Suarez's FA charge) don't matter - but they will be nice headlines (on Sunday). He scored with a header which doesn't happen very often and he played really well. It was well deserved and well taken."

Neil Warnock: "I'm disappointed with the goal. Luke (Young) has put his hand up in the dressing room because he was marking him at the corner and just lost him. But that is the quality of people like Suarez, they find half a yard and I thought he looked amazing - oh, to manage him. They pass it around for fun and with the players they've got they're going to cause any team a problem."

Norwich City 4-2 Newcastle United

Paul Lambert: "(Grant Holt) is as important as he was two years ago when I joined. He and (Steven) Morison were excellent. I'm delighted with everyone's contribution."

Alan Pardew: "It's fairly obvious we missed them (Steven Taylro and Fabricio Coloccini). Our squad has been stretched to the limit. Having three first team centre-halves missing is major. We did very well other than the set plays. Morison and Holt are a handful and so was Hoolahan in behind. They gave us some tough times. We expect to have one or two back next week and we certainly need them. We can't concede from three set plays and expect to win the game."

Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Aston Villa

Owen Coyle: "Disappointment is an understatement, because we were at home and looking to win the game and start moving up the league. It is a horrible feeling. I thought the game started evenly with two teams looking quite nervous, but then we conspired towards our own downfall. Aston Villa have some very good players, but we made four or five individual mistakes within the first goal - it was self-inflicted."

Alex McLeish: "I'm delighted to get the first away win of the season. It's been a long time coming - we have thrown away a couple of opportunities, so well done to the players for digging deep at the end under a barrage of Bolton attacks. It is credit to their mental toughness, and hopefully that is improving after capitulating at a couple of other away venues."

Swansea City 2-1 Fulham

Brendan Rodgers: "(Signing Michel Vorm) was a great bit of business for us, it's a steal. He is a good guy, very professional. His family have settled well in Swansea and he is enjoying life in this fantastic league. That penalty was a key moment, although it wasn't a penalty. If you look at the replay you can see that Jazz Richards doesn't do anything and the guy kicks his leg, goes over and the referee bought it. But as for the save, you see so many goalkeepers try and steal two or three yards off their line but he was near enough to his line going the right way and used a strong arm and that was as much as we deserved because we were the side always trying to make the breakthrough."

Martin Jol: "I don't have any problem with any player. The only thing I want is for them to give 100 per cent to the club and then there is no problem. I need all my players. We have another important game (against Odense) on Wednesday and Bryan Ruiz can't play in Europe, we have a few little injuries so I need all my players. He (Zamora) is probably not the player who is the best substitute so I thought it was better to wait for next week and important games coming up. He wants to play for this club."

West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Wigan Athletic

Roy Hodgson:  "My wife slaughters me for complaining about the penalties, and she is probably right, so I prefer to say nothing. People can make up their own mind. We will just get on with it. There is no doubt that it was a penalty for their goal. If he (referee Mike Dean) got any of the others (decisions) wrong, I don't know. Time will tell. The TVs will go through the analysis. They will come up with the answers. I will keep my mouth shut."

Roberto Martinez:  "I don't think Victor (Moses) has had a bad spell this season. He has been very consistent. He is only 20, he had a great birthday present, on Monday he is 21 and the first goal was as good a finish as you are going to get in this league. I know that sometimes playing for Wigan you are not going to get as much credit as playing for other clubs. But the way he has been working on a daily basis, he has got huge potential and I've got no doubts that he is going to fulfil it."

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