Premier League - Managers: Meulensteen issues apology

Managerial reaction from Saturday's Premier League matches, as Rene Meulensteen apologises for a disastrous defeat.

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Rene Meulensteen (PA Photos)

West Ham United 3 – 3 West Bromwich Albion

Sam Allardyce: "We didn't have any problems apart from James Tomkins getting injured.It was a remarkable performance from our players considering we had four full-backs playing across the back four. Had we had a full back four fit, never mind all the other injuries, I think we would have won. Unfortunately, with players playing out of position we have conceded three goals."

Keith Downing: "I'm aware of it but it has got nothing to do what is being said. It is dedicated to a French comedian he knows very, very well. He uses it in his act and I think speculation can be stopped now, it is absolute rubbish really. He is totally unaware of what the problems were or the speculation that has been thrown around, he is totally surprised by it. I thought he had a good game. He combined with [Saido] Berahino really well. He has the quality to drop in and link the play and controls the game from that area. He got on the shoulder for his first goal and then a typical poacher's goal from the corner. It has been a while since he has played but his dedication and attitude has always been spot on. He is prepared to play and wants to play."

Norwich City 0 – 1 Manchester United

David Moyes: "Obviously his goal made the difference but I thought Danny's performance changed the game. We've been trying to make sure we give the squad the right opportunities to play and give them opportunities to show what they can do. Danny has been playing really well and he came on and made the difference today. He's a big part of Manchester United. I said the other day Danny is a really good player and what he needs to become is a really good finisher and today he did great, rounded the goalkeeper."

Chris Hughton: "It is certainly a game we didn't deserve to lose. We were excellent in the first half, but when you are having your best period, you have got to capitalise on that and we didn't. It was a fortunate goal for them - a double deflection - and when that falls to somebody of Welbeck's quality, then you are almost expecting him to score. That is the only difference between the two teams and over the 90 minutes we were the better side."

Aston Villa 1 – 1 Swansea City

Paul Lambert: "I've got a good relationship with Randy (Lerner), but that doesn't mean I'm immune to it. I always have that fear. I always had that fear as a footballer and I always do when I'm the manager. I think you've got to have that. I don't think it will get any tougher than what happened last year and he was great with me then. I spoke to him last night and he's been good now as well."

Michael Laudrup: "Normally when you get a point from away games in the Premier League, especially if you are a mid-table or bottom team, you should be pleased but I think after our first half we should have won the game. Even conceding an early goal, we came back, dominated completely, created chances, scored the equaliser and could have scored one or two more. Second half we still dominated in possession but without creating a lot of chances. Villa did not have any chances at all. Even taking off my Swansea glasses, I still think as a neutral you would say that we should have won this game. I think they're quite happy with a point."

Manchester City 1 – 0 Crystal Palace

Manuel Pellegrini: "I repeat what I said last week, it was very good for Joe Hart to have a rest. He needed a rest and he is playing at his normal performance level, as the good goalkeeper he is. He worked very hard but he was always confident he would return to his position.I don't think we were fortunate to win the game today. Just one team wanted to play the 90 minutes and the other wanted to stay in their own goal. I was absolutely sure before it would be a very difficult game. It is impossible to play 44 hours after the tough game we played against Liverpool and I knew our team was not fresh so it would be a very difficult game. That's why it is so important to know how to win 1-0."

Tony Pulis: "We are disappointed. It was always going to be a tough game, playing the second away game in a few days, and coming to Man City who are the form team in the Premier League, it was always going to be a tough ask and a tough challenge. The players went about their business very well. We looked very solid, the shape was good and we looked dangerous on the break. It is just about picking that final pass or finishing off the opportunities."

Hull City 6 – 0 Fulham

Rene Meulensteen: "The important thing is we take this on the chin, we learn from it, we bounce back from it and we react. I'd also like to issue an apology to the travelling fans. It's something I didn't see coming after the good result against Norwich. Losing is hard to take but losing in such a manner is hard for any professional. We need to make sure we don't look back, we shrug it off and be ready to react against West Ham United on New Year's Day.”

Steven Bruce: "It's quite incredible really. The first goal goes in and then all of a sudden the floodgates have opened which doesn't happen very often at this level - I can't remember ever having an afternoon like it. We've now scored eight goals in two games here, it doesn't make sense. This was one of the great days we will remember for a long, long time. I don't often pick out individuals but I don't think I have witnessed a performance as good as what I have just seen from Tom Huddlestone. He gave a masterclass of how to play in midfield. He's an outstanding footballer, everything he did was effortless."

Cardiff City 2 – 2 Sunderland

David Kerslake: “With all respect, I wouldn't be interested in this job. I love being a coach, that's where I see myself. I've been a coach now for pushing 10 years. I love what I do, I love being on the grass with the players so I'm happy doing that."

Gus Poyet: "It's going to be very difficult to see one of my teams giving up, that I can assure you. Character. Desire. We are not going to give up. To beat us you are going to have to be very good or you're going to have to fight hard, because we are going to fight to the end."

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