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Managers: Wenger frustrated after draw

Managers: Wenger frustrated after draw

By PA Sport
Last update The 12/11/2012 at 09:44 -
By PA Sport - The 12/11/2012 at 09:44
Managerial reaction from Saturday's Premier League matches, with Arsene Wenger calling his sides 3-3 draw with Fulham "frustrating".
 

Aston Villa 2-3 Manchester United

Paul Lambert: "I am proud. I thought they were outstanding. I couldn't ask for any more. But that's why Manchester United are a top side. They do it week in, week out. I am really proud with what they have given me. I think we have been playing well for a couple of weeks, and hopefully the confidence will be there in abundance after that. The Premier League is really tough. They are a young side but they are playing really well at the minute. They kept on going. I couldn't fault them for the way the lads played and kept going. The crowd are your gauge. I am absolutely gutted to lose because they gave me everything they had."

Sir Alex Ferguson: "It reminded us of a cup game here a few years ago when we were 2-0 down. I think Van Nistelrooy scored a couple and we won 3-2. We were disappointed with the first-half performance, it has to be said. But you had to give credit to Aston Villa, they never gave us a minute's peace on the ball. When they got the second goal we were up against it, but once we scored our first goal, you always felt they were going to do it. The tenacity of our performance in the second half was really brilliant. I think the evidence of the second half is we never give in. We can come from behind against anyone as we've done eight times this season, and that is encouraging in that respect. Anyone who plays against us knows they have to play to the 95th minute."

Arsenal 3-3 Fulham

Arsene Wenger: "It was frustrating because we had the opportunities to win. We were caught in a bit too comfortable of a position because we did the most difficult thing - we scored two goals to go 2-0 up. At that moment we lacked urgency defensively. In the second half we gave absolutely everything and I have to give credit to the players, in the last three games what they have done physically is amazing. Even at 3-2 down we didn't give up and continued to go forward and we had the chances to win the game."

Martin Jol: "We played some fantastic stuff. Before the game we said we would try to dominate them which is hard here, but we managed that. I can't remember being 2-0 down - especially here - then being 3-2 ahead and we could have scored two or three goals after that. I really thought this could be the first time ever to beat them away, but in the end it was not to be. However, if you concede a penalty in the last 20 seconds and then still do not lose, maybe we should be pleased in hindsight."

Everton 2-1 Sunderland

David Moyes : "I thought it was going to be one of those days. It didn't look as if it was coming. I thought it looked like a 1-0 to Sunderland - but that was not for us not trying to keep knocking at the door. In the end I think we got what we deserved because we kept at it. I thought we played quite well in the first half but found ourselves a goal down and a bit fortunate not to be two down. If that had been the case you would have to have said that was unjust. We didn't deserve that with our possession, we just hadn't created any clear-cut chances from our good play. We needed something because Sunderland had the third-best defensive record in the Premier League and they had showed that resilience and made it hard for us to score. I thought we kept going and the players showed great character to come from a goal behind. Maybe the amount of pressure we had told a little bit."

Martin O’Neill: "It was a great performance by the players. To be fair I thought we were exhilarating in the first half. We knew we would be under pressure in the second half but I always thought on the break we looked dangerous. The second goal epitomised a bit of luck and a bit of misfortune. We are obviously very disappointed."

Reading 0-0 Norwich City

Brian McDermott:  "Keeping a clean sheet, obviously (pleased me). I'm not disappointed, we have had a few disappointments this season, when we were winning at Arsenal and 2-0 up at Swansea. But I can't be disappointed with the group of guys that have given us absolutely everything. In that dressing room they are disappointed themselves but there is no need to be. Everyone is talking about the win, we have just got to concentrate on the game and that is all we can do."

Chris Hughton: "Another clean sheet is the plus I suppose. Any draw and any clean sheet away from home is always a good point. They (Reading) are a team who, among their difficulties this season, have been able to score goals. For us to come here and get a clean sheet I think in the end was a good result and a fair result. We are certainly more solid at the moment, I suppose something gives a little bit and being as solid as we have been we haven't got the goals we would have liked. But unless you're in that top group of teams it is hard to have both. Today is a good point."

Southampton 1-1 Swansea City

Nigel Adkins: "I think the supporters, players and everyone is having a go for each other, which is the important thing. We're together as one. Everyone is having a right go, the performance was good. Listen, take the positives. We got a point. We wanted the three and a clean sheet but let's take the positives. We got another point on the board. Everyone's together, everyone is working hard. We're 11 games into the Premier League and we're improving all the time."

Michael Laudrup: "You could really see that. They gave everything in every moment so it was a really difficult game. I think we can be satisfied with going away from here with a point. We did well in the first half. We did not create much, to be honest, and in the second half they put us under pressure. If I have to be positive, there are two things. One is obviously the point and the other is, like last Saturday [against Chelsea], we came back from 1-0 down. That once again shows character in what was a very difficult away game."

Stoke City 1-0 QPR

Tony Pulis: "We have played games this year that we should never have lost. (Hughes) will be disappointed, with the chances they have created, that they haven't scored some goals. But you need to eke out results."

Mark Hughes: "We've had this conversation too many times after games unfortunately. We played well as the away side - I thought it was a decent away performance. We restricted Stoke to very few chances. In general play I thought we were the dominant team in terms of how we wanted to get the ball down and play. But the key at the moment is that we have to take chances when they present themselves. We created good opportunities, but unfortunately didn't take them."

Wigan 1-2 West Brom

Roberto Martinez: "I don't think we are the sort of side that can get a result out of a scrappy performance. I don't think we were as good as we could have been today, and that is really the frustration. We know West Brom are a very strong unit and play with real confidence and are a difficult unit to break down, so to concede two goals early on was really disappointing. We started well enough but even though we presented the right attitude and attacking threat, I don't think we were as good as we can be. Our movement wasn't as sharp and our attacking threat wasn't good enough.”

Steve Clarke: "I remember once as a player I was top of the league in November and ended up fighting relegation. The top division in England can come back quickly to bite you if you take your focus off it. This week we're happy with where we are. I know it sounds boring, but we just have to keep working from game to game.”

 
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