Saturday, 30 August 2014

On The Mic!... All The Reactions From The Bosses Of The Premier League Game

Burnley 0 0 Manchester United

Manchester United's wait for a first win of the season continues after a 0-0 draw in the Barclays Premier League against newly promoted Burnley at Turf Moor.

Louis van Gaal was able to field Angel di Maria for the first time following his £59.7 million move from Real Madrid, but United failed to impress despite occasional flashes of brilliance from British football's most expensive signing.

Having failed to beat Swansea City or Sunderland before a midweek League Cup exit at the hands of MK Dons, Van Gaal's men could have few complaints with the result despite having late penalty claims turned down when substitute Ashley Barnes appeared to handle a shot from Ashley Young.

Burnley had opportunities to emulate the 1-0 victory they secured when the sides last met at Turf Moor in August 2009, with David Jones coming the closest to a goal when striking the crossbar early on. Sean Dyche's side will take heart from claiming a first Barclays Premier League point of the season, following defeats to Chelsea and Swansea.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "People have a way of looking at teams and how they play.In the Premier League, it's rare to find even a longer pass. They tend to play all short and sharp.

"That's for others to decide how productive that can be. I know what I think is productive football, most of you have seen it last season, and we play some fantastic stuff.

"It's productive, but it's good to watch, the fans enjoy it and it does get points on the board. It's a tougher challenge this season but that's what I believe in, that's what the players believe in and I think they delivered it very well.

"We come away pleased with a point, but I'm more pleased or as pleased with the performance."

"The market has moved forward; we've got some money for the first time in a long time and yet the market has jumped forward to a level where it's very difficult," he added. We've been first in and first out to a number of situations, which were ones we thought we could progress.

"I really like the group you've seen today, I like the way they operate, but we do want strength in depth and people who can challenge to move us even further forward."

Manchester United Louis van Gaal: “We were the stronger team, certainly in the second half. Of course the progress is there, but you have to win. A club as [big as] Manchester United have to win. When you have two points [out] of [a possible] nine... that is disappointing."

"When we play against Queens Park Rangers [after the international break], [Marcos] Rojo shall have a permit.”

QPR 1 0 Sunderland

Charlie Austin struck in first half injury-time to give Queens Park Rangers their first win back in the Barclays Premier League.

Austin, who missed the 4-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur because of injury, replaced Loic Remy in the side and marked his return by scoring from a corner after Leroy Fer knocked down the ball.

Remy was left out of the squad, with Rangers manager Harry Redknapp suggesting the striker would leave before the transfer window closed on Monday night.

Although Sunderland initially improved after the break, in the end they did not have enough and struggled to carve out clear-cut chances.

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp: "When you're sitting there with no points after two games you need to get a win and I'm delighted with the way we played. We started way behind everyone else. We brought players in very late and they didn't have time to settle and that showed. Even today I was worried. But I thought we came on an awful lot today. It is not about systems, it is about players. And we worked hard today and if you do that you can win football matches.

"We are looking around [for new players]. We have bought some good players but we have some more irons in the fire. Lassana (Diarra) has signed and I'm delighted to have him. I had him at Portsmouth and he is a terrific player."

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet: "Overall I was quite happy with the performance. We had a clear chance to put the ball in the net. But there was practically nothing between the teams and for much of the game we were in control. There were two or three situations where we didn't make the right decision. It was the cutting edge in the latter third.

"Corners and set-plays can make the difference. It is not a nice way to lose the game but hopefully we will learn. We are working to bring players in but until it is concrete I prefer not to comment."

Manchester City 0 1 Stoke City

Mame Biram Diouf's first Stoke City goal gave Mark Hughes' side an historic 1-0 victory over Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Stoke had failed to pick up a point in any of their previous six trips to the Etihad Stadium since returning to the top flight, but ended the home side's winning start to the Barclays Premier League Today.

Having soaked up what the hosts had to throw at them, Stoke took the lead courtesy of Diouf's virtuoso run and finish shortly before the hour.

The former Manchester United man broke away in stunning fashion before beating Fernandinho and Joe Hart to open the scoring.

Stoke's first goal against Man City since September 2012 proved crucial as Hughes' men breathed life into their season against one of the Welshman's former clubs.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "It's a surprising defeat because we don't expect to lose against Stoke but these games sometimes happen. We tried from everywhere and really we are not very creative we did not find the space and that is credit to Stoke. The Yaya Toure penalty appeal was just one play during the game. I am more worried about the goal they scored because it was too easy."

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes: "We've done well in games against City since I've been at the club. We've played them three times home and away and they have only scored once. We know we can frustrate them and make it difficult for them.

"This year we want to do as well or better (than last season). The idea when I came was to be consistent in the top 10 and that's not easy. If we can be consistently in the top half we can all be congratulated for a job well done."

Newcastle 3 3 Crystal Palace

Wilfried Zaha scored a last-gasp equaliser on his return to Crystal Palace to earn new boss Neil Warnock a 3-3 draw at Newcastle United.

Zaha, who re-joined Palace on loan from Manchester United on Thursday, struck in the fifth minute of stoppage time at St James' Park after a turnaround inspired by Newcastle teenager Rolando Aarons had seemingly given the hosts all three points.

Thrown on with Newcastle trailing 2-1, Aarons levelled matters with a 73rd-minute header before Mike Williamson turned home what looked to be the winner after the 18-year-old's deep far-post cross had bounced off the woodwork.

Earlier, Dwight Gayle had made it a dream start for Warnock with a strike after just 30 seconds and Jason Puncheon restored the advantage in the 48th minute after Daryl Janmaat had equalised for Newcastle before the break.

Aarons' introduction turned the game in Newcastle's favour, but Zaha's quality shone through in a gripping finale when he ensured Palace a share of the spoils.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew: “I'm disappointed today because we should have had three points. Perhaps we got wrapped up in the crowd trying to get a fourth and it's frustrating to concede. We feel we should have won by now because we've played some good stuff but we weren't as tight defensively today as we have been and Palace caused up problems in wide areas.

"We're very lucky to get Rolando Aarons through the system and I'm sure he'll get games because he's forced his way into my thinking. I've been here four years and were starting to see one or two coming though.

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock: "They were poor goals to concede but the effort was tremendous. I've decided not to rush into the transfer market because they're a great bunch and I'm chuffed with the attitude of them. Tony [Pulis] must have done a great job because they've got a great attitude and determination and they can play a bit, too.

"The [Palace maanger’s] job has come out of the blue. I know I was seventh choice but that doesn't bother me. It's a great club and it's nice to be able to put something back into it. The squad needs four [new players] and we're down the line with some of them. There's always someone that becomes available that you haven't thought about.”

Swansea 3 0 West Brom

Swansea City's flying start to the season continued as wingers Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge fired them to a 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.

The Welsh club kicked off their Barclays Premier League campaign with a 2-1 win at Manchester United, before beating Burnley 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium last weekend.

And they were on the front foot almost instantly this afternoon, Dyer tucking the ball home from a narrow angle in the opening two minutes.

The home side were in total control and Routledge grabbed a deserved second in the 24th minute with an astonishing effort from the edge of the penalty area.

West Brom tried to battle their way back into the tie after the break, but Dyer doubled his own tally in the 71st minute to make sure of three points.

The result sees Swansea head into the international break with a maximum nine points, while Alan Irvine is still searching for his first league win as the visitors' head coach.

Garry Monk spoke in the build-up about turning the Liberty Stadium into a "fortress" and there was certainly no warm welcome for West Brom.

Swansea City manager Garry Monk: “A very good day – 3-0, a clean sheet, a very good performance with the ball and without the ball. We thoroughly deserved it as well, I thought we were dominant from start to finish. Credit to the boys, they worked very hard out there against a tough West Brom side that were on a good run themselves, so a very good day.

“Come May is where the real business is done. I said it in my programme notes safety is our priority. I know expectations always go high with wins but we’re realistic enough to know that being safe as soon as possible is obviously the target.”

West Bromwich Albion head coach Alan Irvine: “We work all week on a gameplan and you can't legislate for one of your players slipping in the second minute. Swansea are going really well at the moment and that early setback made it an even more difficult task. You can't put a whole lot of new players together and build a team overnight. It takes time and a lot of work on training ground.

West Ham 1 3 Southampton

Morgan Schneiderlin scored twice for Southampton as Ronald Koeman’s side came from behind to win 3-1 at West Ham United.

Mark Noble's deflected strike handed the hosts a scarcely deserved lead midway through the first half, only for Schneiderlin to level matters from inside the box just before the break.

Graziano Pelle thought he’d given Southampton the lead on the hour mark, only for his strike to be ruled out for offside, before Schneiderlin doubled his tally in the 68th minute.

Pelle did net his first Barclays Premier League goal late on to complete an excellent week for an ever-improving Southampton, who beat Millwall in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.

Barcelona midfielder Alex Song was introduced to the home fans before kick-off having agreed a season-long loan deal at the Boleyn Ground but the Cameroon international saw his new side start slowly.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce: "We weren't good enough. Southampton taught us a lesson, we weren't sharp enough and didn't retain the ball as well as they did, close down as well as they did and gifted them two goals. As much as they were in control and on top of the game we've lost two very stupid goals from set-pieces.”

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: "After they went 1-0 up it was difficult with the second ball because they played the long ball and long throw ins. We knew that but we didn't dominate it and luckily it was 1-1 near half-time and that gave us belief to play and play to win. That's what I liked in the second half - we played with pressing, deserved to win and scored some great goals.

"Morgan Schneiderlin is a great player and it's normal that we like to keep that kind of player in our squad. He was wonderful in midfield. He has great quality and I enjoyed it.”

Everton 3 6 Chelsea

The match of the day and possibly match of the season was played out at Goodison Park where a formidable Chelsea team starred in a nine goal thriller against Everton.

Costa and Branislav Ivanovic hit the hosts with a quick-fire double inside the opening three minutes to leave the blue half of Merseyside stunned. But that was only act one in a dramatic script that also included a late goal for Everton new boy Samuel Eto'o against his former club.

Sylvain Distin was denied by the assistant referee's flag at the other end before Kevin Mirallas reduced the deficit on the stroke of half-time. A second-half Seamus Coleman own goal was quickly followed by Steven Naismith's third strike of the season, before Nemanja Matic made it 4-2 to Chelsea.

Eto'o, introduced from the bench for the final 20 minutes, got in on the act to give Everton hope, but Ramires and then Costa with his second meant that Chelsea had the final say to leave Everton winless this season.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "We started the game very, very uncharacteristically. It seemed we didn't have that defensive intensity, that focus you have to have, especially with a team like Chelsea. And from then you're chasing the game. But we were too soft with our defending, every time the ball was around our 18-yard box we had a real fear that the ball was going to end up in our net.

"Now we've got 10 goals conceded in three games and that is not like us at all. We kept 15 clean sheets last campaign. Our attacking play was phenomenal; we need to bring that intensity and that feeling to our defensive play."


Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: “We were killers in attack, especially on the counter-attack, so when you come to this stadium and get three points it is a reason to be happy. When you come here and score six goals, obviously my players did well.

"We try to have the initiative so we are a different team. But I want to be different in that we play better football, score more goals, but I don't want to be different in the sense that we concede goals and to concede three goals and identify the mistakes we made is something I have to work at."

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