Saturday April 28, 2012
Gary Lineker presents highlights of today's Premier League clashes, including Wigan Athletic v Newcastle United at the DW Stadium and Sunderland v Bolton Wanderers at the Stadium of Light. The Latics and Trotters were looking for victories to boost their chances of avoiding relegation, but faced potentially difficult encounters against their opponents from the north east. Plus, action from Everton v Fulham, Norwich City v Liverpool, Stoke City v Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa and Swansea City v Wolverhampton Wanderers. With analysis by Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson
Stoke City 1-1 Arsenal
Tony Pulis: "I was more concerned about the Arsenal supporters booing (Ryan) Shawcross so I didn't hear the ones on (Aaron) Ramsey. I go to grounds and get abused. It's not just Arsene. If you speak to Sir Alex (Ferguson), he gets absolutely slaughtered at some grounds. Is it acceptable? The powers that be have got to decide that."
Arsene Wenger: "I don't listen to what people chant. I think one day football will have to tackle that. It's easy to sit in the stand and insult people. It's the easiest sport in the world. You can isolate every single face. When I go out on the pitch at the end of the game, and people are angry or hateful, I would like a little picture to send home for them to show their son or daughter, and then come back next week and see if they will do it again, see if they are proud."
Everton 4-0 Fulham
David Moyes: "Isn't it terrific the difference it has made to the team and the club the goals that have been scored since January? I think [Nikica Jelavic] has been massive for us and the two goals for us today were very good. We've played really well probably since the turn of the year and the arrival of Darron Gibson, (Steven) Pienaar, Landon Donovan (on a short-term loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy) and Jelavic."
Billy McKinlay: "I've not spoken to him (Martin Jol) after the game so I'm not looking forward to that conversation. It is always difficult when the manager is not there because you miss his presence but we prepared as we always do for the games. How much it affected us I don't know but obviously it affected us at some point because he is not here and hopefully he will be back Tuesday (at Liverpool)."
Sunderland 2-2 Bolton
Martin O'Neill: "It would obviously have been great for us to win because at least for this evening, we would actually have gone into eighth position in the league. We are where we are. It was frustrating not to win the game today. I am disappointed, of course, but I said here a couple of weeks ago that we have work to do. That's not a problem."
Owen Coyle: "I am very confident - I always have been because I know what we have as a group and I know how hard we are working behind the scenes to implement bits and pieces we want at our football club. We will decide what happens to Bolton Wanderers. It's in our own hands to go and do that. We know we are on a good run of form."
Swansea 4-4 Wolves
Brendan Rodgers: "There is disappointment at our defensive display. We gave away poor goals, I said to the players that for the majority of the first half we played as a team. For the first 30 minutes and with the structure we had we created plenty of chances and got the goals. We had three but we could have scored more. But we gave away disappointing goals."
Terry Connor: "Looking back now the opening spell was maybe a little hangover from the disappointment of last week. Once the players cleared their heads we were good enough to get a goal back and they grew in confidence and belief and showed our true qualities and possibly could have ended up winners."
West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa
Roy Hodgson: "I'm glad to confirm - for the first time in goodness knows how many years - we've finished above Aston Villa in the table so it's not been a bad day. It would have been a wonderful day if we'd won it, but I mustn't be too greedy and I'll save a victory over Villa for next season. I'm happy enough with a point, I'm happy with another clean sheet - our 10th of the season."
Alex McLeish: "My seat was in the middle and it was a bit of a chore trying to get past Peter Grant so I just let him stay out there and pass the messages on. It just didn't seem appropriate today. I like to stand up normally but I also sat in the dug-out for the Old Trafford game recently. Was I keeping my head down because of the fans? No, don't read anything into it. We felt a bit disappointed."
Wigan 4-0 Newcastle
Roberto Martinez: "I'm extremely pleased because what we've shown today is a real clinical touch that we have lacked in the past. I thought the 4-0 lead was fully deserved at half-time and there is a real satisfaction that we saw it through. It was huge win today and we have two more huge games against Blackburn and Wolves. This result is fantastic for the fans but if we don't achieve our aim of staying in this league then it is going to mean nothing."
Alan Pardew: "We didn't match the intensity of Wigan and in any Premier League game that is going to make you look bad. In the first 30 minutes we just didn't get a grip on them. I don't want to harp on too much about our disappointment because I have to say Wigan were brilliant today. In the first period they were as good as anything I've seen in any of our last seven games."
Norwich City 0-3 Liverpool
Paul Lambert: "Things like that can happen, especially when you are up against that type of opposition, you have to be right on the button or you will get beat. I am always disappointed when we lose, but try not to get too down, or too high when we win. A lot of the lads have put the club where they are, so I cannot be too critical. You just pick yourself up and go again."
Kenny Dalglish: "(Luis Suarez) is a special player. It was a fantastic performance. Everybody knows what's coming ahead on Saturday but the team did their jobs professionally and efficiently. Luis has been like that many times this year and not been rewarded - and it's the same with the team. That third goal is not difficult to score if you've got Luis Suarez's ability - it's more difficult if you are a mere mortal. The clean sheet was also important for us. It gives the defenders and Pepe Reina a bit of a boost."