Saturday February 11, 2012
Gary Lineker presents highlights of today's Premier League clashes, including Manchester United v Liverpool at Old Trafford and Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United at White Hart Lane. United and the Reds drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture and recently met in the FA Cup fourth round, while Spurs and the Magpies were also looking to improve on the 2-2 draw between the sides when they last met on Tyneside in October. Plus, action from Blackburn Rovers v Queens Park Rangers, Bolton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic, Everton v Chelsea, Fulham v Stoke City, Sunderland v Arsenal and Swansea City v Norwich City. Match of the Day 2 is on BBC2 tomorrow at 10pm
BBC MOTD Running order
Tottenham 5-0 Newcastle
Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool
Everton 2-0 Chelsea
Sunderland 1-2 Arsenal
Swansea 2-3 Norwich
Blackburn 3-2 Queens Park Rangers
Fulham 2-1 Stoke
Everton 2-0 Chelsea
Andre Villas-Boas: "I think today was one of our worst games of the season, if not the worst. In our performance today we are short of anything positive. It is a difficult day for us, we take out a lot of negatives from this game. (On Roman Abramovich visiting the training ground). You don't expect any effects from that. (On chants against his management) It is part of the job. At the moment we are sitting fifth in the league and it is not enough for us. (Fernando Torres) is trying a lot to get his chances and to shoot at goal. Whatever time it takes, we will continue to pursue his confidence and full form until he eventually finds the back of the net."
David Moyes: "That was a great result for us. There were good parts of the performance as well but the strange thing is I think we can play much better. I think we will play better once we get more confidence as the wins take us a long. We got off to a great start with an early goal, which gave us something to hang on to, but we wanted it. We had to ride our luck on a couple of occasions but in the second half we didn't look like we were going to concede."
Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Newcastle United
Harry Redknapp: "I just keep looking at the gap between us and Arsenal and Chelsea. I'd be lying if I said otherwise. I look at the top as well but we really want Champions League football – that's the key. Arsenal closed the gap before the game to seven points but we've put it back to 10 again. We've got another three on Chelsea today which is important to us, three on Liverpool. If we can close on the front two, that will be fantastic but I really want to make sure we get a Champions League place. If we can do that it'll be fantastic for us."
Alan Pardew: "Tottenham were irresistible. Some of the things they were doing, they were doing for fun, Adebayor and Saha were a real handful for us. They had an extra bounce in their step after what happened to their manager this week. They all wanted to show they wanted their manager to stay but we should have done better for the first two goals. What we showed here isn't a true reflection of us this season, though."
Manchester United 2-1 Liverpool
Sir Alex Ferguson on Luis Suarez's refusal to shake Patrice Evra's hand: "I could not believe it, I just could not believe it. He's a disgrace to Liverpool Football Club, that certain player should not be allowed to play for Liverpool again. The history that club's got and he does that and in a situation like today could have caused a riot. I was really disappointed in that guy, it was terrible what he did. It created a tension, you've seen the referee didn't know what to do about it. It caught him off guard. It was a terrible start to the game, a terrible atmosphere it created."
Kenny Dalglish: "I never knew he never shook his hand. I don't know, I wasn't there, I never saw it. We haven't looked at the handshakes, but that's contrary to what I was told ... We'll ask him and we'll take it from there. (When asked if the incident led to confrontations between the players) I think you're very severe and I think you're bang out of order to blame Luis Suarez for anything that happened here today. I think predominantly both sets of fans behaved really well, they had a bit of banter between each other, no problem. How many bookings were there?"
Sunderland 1-2 Arsenal
Martin O'Neill: "It was obviously disappointing to lose the goal, but I have no complaints about the team whatsoever. The last couple of months, their heart and soul has gone into the game. We are just obviously disappointed to lose from a winning position. (Thierry Henry has) been a terrific player in his time here - and he hasn't done too badly second time around as well. But he shouldn't really be able to score from a couple of yards out when it is kind of lobbed into our penalty area."
Arsene Wenger on Thierry Henry: "He finished the story of the legend today in the championship. I hope he will add some in the Champions League on Wednesday. But certainly, he got us the three points in a very difficult game. I felt it might haunt me as well because he goes again and people will say, 'Why did he not stay?'. It shows you as well that they never lose it, these players, exceptional talent survives. You have that at the moment with Giggs at Manchester United and Scholes, and Thierry Henry here. It's just a luxury to have a player like him on the bench."
Swansea City 2-3 Norwich City
Brendan Rodgers: "We have scored two at home and we don't expect to lose those games. It was a close game in the first half and we scored an outstanding goal through Danny Graham, but we went to sleep in the first period of the second half and Norwich are a team that score goals and they will punish you. But from the moment it went to 3-1 I felt we had the better of it and were unfortunate not to get something if you look at the chances we created, but we were not at our best."
Paul Lambert: "I thought we deserved the win, the passing was brilliant, and the enthusiasm and desire to press the game was excellent. Swansea scored against the run of play and maybe Andrew Surman should have made it 1-1 before half-time, but in the second half we were terrific. At half-time I said not to worry as we were well in the game, we gave as good as we got, the passing was excellent and the way we played the game was excellent."
Blackburn Rovers 3-2 Queens Park Rangers
Steve Kean: "We worked really hard this week on trying to get pressure on the ball and making sure we could hold the high lines, and I thought in the first half we were brilliant. Then we had Yakubu's chance to go to 4-0, and I felt after that that QPR thought they didn't really have anything to lose, so they started throwing all sorts at it. They changed their shape, went very offensive and I think once the first goal went in, we had a bit of a wobble and got a little bit nervous - which is understandable considering how many young players we have got in the team."
Mark Hughes: "You can't give any Premier League team a three-goal head start. We were very poor in that first half. The first 45 minutes were arguably the poorest we have been since I came through the door here and arguably of any of the teams I have been involved with to be honest. It's understandable in that we haven't been through the door for any great length of time, but there shouldn't be a difference in performance of that size."
Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Wigan Athletic
Owen Coyle: "It's a game we wanted to win to move us up the league and we've let the opportunity pass us by. In our position you can't let chances slip away when there are achievable points. Our first-half performance was not good enough but after the second-half performance I have no doubt we should have taken a minimum of a point."
Roberto Martinez: "We need as many players like James (McCarthy) from now until the end of the season. There are many things we can control but you need the belief, arrogance and bravery in your make-up. It's easy to play when you're in the top six but in our position you need an extra bit of mettle. We know what it takes and we will fight with our lives to carry on in this league."
Fulham 2-1 Stoke City
Martin Jol: "We had somebody over with him during the process of getting his work permit. He worked well and was fit. As you know, we don't have a lot of number nines at this club and he was keen to start. That was a positive thing and it meant Clint [Dempsey] could play in his position. You always have to wait and see how somebody will do when they come from abroad. I want players when I approach them that want to play for us. He said, 'Okay, I will play for the next four or five months and then we will wait and see'. It was a brave decision."
Tony Pulis: "I'm not sure we just came to life in the last 10 minutes. We did very well in the second half and we were the better team. We just aren't getting the breaks at the moment. We gave them a leg-up with the two goals, two poor goals. In the second half I thought we were the ones, though Kenwyne [Jones] missed a great chance to make it 2-1 in the first half. I was really pleased with the way we fought back. Ryan got the goal and we could have got a second one, but we aren't getting the breaks."