Premier League - Managers: 'Maybe the ref ate too much for Christmas'

Managerial reaction from the Premier League, with Roberto Mancini one of many gaffers furious with their match official.

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Everton 2-1 Wigan Athletic

David Moyes: Wigan played well and I have to give them credit. They will do the same to most teams and they don't get enough credit for the way they pass the ball and the way they play. I thought before half-time we were starting to look the better side but we are never comfortable because of the way Wigan play. We just raised it a bit at half-time and it made the difference. The big thing was when Osman went into the middle of the park - it made us play better. He has got happy feet.”

Roberto Martinez: "Shaun Maloney is not a player that looks for penalties. He is someone who once he gets in that one v one situation you know how effective he can be. He goes past his defender easily and there is no need for him to go down but I think if you look at Leon Osman's reaction it tells you everything.”

Fulham 1-1 Southampton

Martin Jol: "I am like a thunderstorm, I am very angry. Sometimes with myself and sometimes you can do something about it. You want to change things and sometimes the players are not there to change things. I was very happy at half-time to be able to bring Bryan Ruiz on but it was not enough. He will be fit to start against Swansea.”

Nigel Adkins: "The players have shown a good resolve. When you come away from home to leave with something is important. If you look at the second half I think we've had a good amount of possession, a few opportunities. We scored a penalty but I think in the second half we looked like the team likely to go on and win the game. It is about picking up results. At the start of the campaign we played eight out of the top 10 in our first 10 games of the season. The goals against column consistently now is more reduced to what it was.”

Manchester United 4-3 Newcastle

Alex Ferguson: The referee changed the linesman's mind. He said it was an own-goal. But if you see it again, and the referee can't, the guy is in an offside position, then he pulls Evans' arm. If that is not interfering what is? I think it was a bad decision."

Alan Pardew: "I was a bit upset with that tackle [on Vurnon Anita]. I have seen it again and I don't think it was malicious but Valencia has mistimed it badly and unfortunately it might cost us a player. I am not sure what is wrong. It is too early to say. It is a bang on the ankle. We will have to see whether he will make Arsenal, which would be a loss to us."

Norwich City 0-1 Chelsea

Chris Hughton: "I thought we dealt with them for really big periods of the game, the chances they had I thought were fairly minimal, we restricted them. As the game opened up in the second half I think we broke very well and showed good energy and might have got a draw in the end."

Rafael Benitez: "Mata is playing really well. Even without the ball he is working hard but when we are in possession he is making the difference, I always say the same; if the team are playing well these players can make the difference. The team has won three games in a row since Japan. Norwich won against Man United and Arsenal so we knew it could be tough, I'm pleased for the team and pleased for Juan."

Reading 0-0 Swansea

Brian McDermott: "We need to find a way to get results and we got a result. We are disappointed they didn't give us the handball goal because they normally give them here. Adam would have headed it but he said he got pulled back. We were much more resilient, it is important to move on with a point and we can look forward with confidence to West Ham. We have got a point and a clean sheet and we are off the bottom of the table."

Michael Laudrup: "I talked to the doctor and physio after the game and they said the [Michu's] ligaments should be ok. His ankle is twice as big now. The doctors and the physios say it shouldn't be the ligaments, which is the most important thing. The next question is 'will he play on Saturday?' I don't know. We will have to wait 24 hours.Hopefully it is not too bad. It is not a muscle injury but still we have to be careful. He has to be 100 per cent."

Sunderland 1-0 Manchester City

Martin O’Neill: "Honestly, I am really not particularly bothered, I am genuinely not bothered about what Roberto Mancini would say about the team. I have seen it before with other managers. I'm not bothered. I thought we were terrific. We gained a bit of confidence from winning against Southampton and took that into the game, but we knew there would be times when we would have to play without the ball and we would have to defend strongly, and we did both of those very well.

Roberto Mancini: "Maybe the referee ate too much for Christmas. You need to ask the referee why [the goal] was given, not me. I saw it was a big foul - it's impossible two men [Friend and his linesman] couldn't see it. We deserved to win this game. We had a lot of chances, we played well, but we didn't score. This is our problem, we don't score, we don't score enough goals to win the game. Last year, we scored one, two, three goals every game. Now when we have chances, we are too soft and this is not good."

Queens Park Rangers 1-2 West Bromwich Albion

Harry Redknapp: "At the end it's a blatant penalty. Ridgewell's got his hands up. They are scandalous decisions. I can't do anything about it. It's just poor refereeing. I thought the referee got it completely wrong. How does he not see the penalty at the end? Ridgewell's hand is up there. It's the most blatant handball I've ever seen. I asked the ref how he couldn't see it and he told me it was murky over there."

Steve Clarke: "I didn't think it was a foul, I just saw the ball go up and then in the net. I was confused. I've seen it on the video and I don't think he has done a lot wrong. I didn't think it was much of a foul to be honest. And with the penalty appeal if it hadn't have hit his hand it would have hit his face so I think it's the correct decision."

Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham Hotspur

Paul Lambert: "We rode our luck massively in the first half - Spurs were very good. I thought we started the second half really well and were in the ascendancy, and I think with the first goal, there is a foul on Fabian in the first place - I think a free-kick should have been given. With the second goal we had a good chance to make it 1-1, but they go up the other end of the park and score again. That is what can happen when you are playing against these types of players."

Andre Villas-Boas: "Bale is up there with the best. He is showing tremendous skills and talent, I think he is improving every day - he is such a young player - and he is helping the team. He is one of our major assets. His personality is wonderful, he is going through an excellent moment of his professional and personal life, and we are benefiting from that."

Stoke City 3-1 Liverpool

Tony Pulis: "We might not be last on Match of the Day tonight. Our two centre-halves were off it a bit tonight but everyone else was superb. The response to going behind was the greatest thing. We were fantastic, and they were helped by 28,000 supporters." 

Brendan Rodgers: "We had a perfect start with our first penalty of the season. You couldn't ask for any more but we are very disappointed by how we defended. We have nobody to blame but ourselves, you have to defend better than that. We failed to control the game once we scored, we didn't deal with the first ball forward. To concede from a corner is bitterly disappointing. When you defend like that it's difficult to gain a result. “