1. Rafael Benitez, Alan Pardew, Pauled Demba Ba and Fernando Torres canplay together after Chelseas newsigning scored twice in Saturdays 5-1FA Cup third round win overSouthampton: "It is always important for astriker to score goals but more than just thegoals was his contribution for the team,"Benitez said. "His movement andunderstanding of things we were wanting to dowas really good. He was very clever and he could understand the movement of the players.He did everything well on the pitch. I prefer to have this selection problem now than tohave just one striker. It is important to have good players and different options, and Baand Torres can compete or play together."Southampton manager Nigel Adkins offered little complaint after additionalstrikes from Victor Moses, Branislav Ivanovic and Frank Lampard inflicted ahefty beating on the home side: "Chelsea were very good second-half," he said. "Westarted brightly and scored a good goal, but the big killer blow was the goal before half-time. In the second half they demonstrated the good players they have got. Give themcredit. They have good football players and a good manager and staff. [Juan] Mata wasexceptional."Alan Pardew hinted that not enough of his players are big enough to wear theNewcastle jersey after they were beaten 2-0 at Brighton: "We are missing toomany of our top players. The season were having we just need to get our best playersback," Pardew said. "We need to sustain ourselves and make sure we are a Premier Leagueteam next season. We know we need to get some bigger players who can handle thesituation of carrying a Newcastle jersey, whether thats a signing or getting a player backfrom injury."Brighton boss Gus Poyet admitted he felt Newcastle were there to be beatenafter goals from Andrea Orlandi and Will Hoskins: "We realised the opportunityand we were lucky that Newcastle couldnt bring their best players," Poyet said. "We didntcreate too many chances today but we were a good team to play against a Premier Leagueteam."Manchester City assistant manager David Platt talked up the potential ofMarcos Lopes after the youngster scored the third in Citys 3-0 win overWatford: "He has got a big smile on his face at the moment," Platt said. "He came awaywith us in pre-season and did really well. He has great technical ability and for the under-21 team he has been scoring a lot of goals like that. He has got a good future ahead of himcertainly."Gianfranco Zola was left to rue the miss of Fernando Forestieri at 1-0 as goalsfrom Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry and Lopes killed Watford off: "In my opinionwith a little bit more coolness we could have scored a goal," Zola said. "That was a bigmoment and the second City goal was another big point. Normally Fernando [Forestieri] isgood but I dont know what happened, I think he looked at the goalkeeper and that issomething you should never do."Tottenham assistant boss Steffen Freund set his sights on winning the FA Cupafter watching Tottenham cruise past Coventry 3-0 thanks to Clint
2. Dempsey(2) and Gareth Bale: "We know what we want to do in the league, we havewon the cup eight times before and we would like to go all the way this year, Freund said."It was a professional performance. In the first half it was a different class. It was a greatperformance and we deserved the win."Kieron Dyer rescued a draw for QPRCoventry manager Mark Robinsconfessed he feared for his team as soonas he saw the Spurs starting XI:"Wealways knew it would be difficult but it gotmore difficult when we saw the team sheet,Robins said. "When you come to places likethis you always hope the team you play againsthas a bit of a dip and that they take a fewliberties, but they didnt."Paul Lambert hailed Darren Bent andCharles NZogbia after their returnsfrom injury in Aston Villas 2-1 win over Ipswich, but revealed Ron Vlaar islikely to be out for another two weeks while Marc Albrighton requires a scanon his foot: "Darren came back along with Charles and Gabby [Agbonlahor]," Lambertsaid. "Those three lads only really trained yesterday and have been out for a long time sothat was really pleasing. Charles NZogbia is certainly a talent, there is no two ways aboutit. It was a big thing for him to play because he has been out for well over six weeks. Thatfirst goal was Darren Bent down to a tee, but I thought his game was very good, his wholework ethic and the way he played. His finish was top class."Albrighton had a kick on his metatarsal - the same injury he had at the beginning of theseason. I dont know if it is fractured or anything like that but it is roughly about the samearea."Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy insisted Championship survival remains toppriority, and he revealed he would like to sign QPR striker DJ Campbell on apermanent basis after his recent loan spell at Portman Road: "When I came, theremit was to stay up and that has not changed. Maybe a replay would have got in the waybut you dont like to lose and, when we were 2-1 down in the final minute, I would havetaken a replay. I spoke to [Campbell] last night and told him Id like to sign him. We willhave to see what happens.Roberto Martinez was happy to praise Bournemouth after Wigan were held 1-1 at home, thanks to Jordi Gomezs late equaliser for the Latics: "Its nocoincidence that theyve had a 16-game unbeaten period," Martinez said. "I thought theywere really well organised. They played with really good tempo and off the ball theyworked extremely hard. And on the ball they tried to play, get the ball wide and they hadgood pace in the team so overall I thought it was a really good Bournemouth side."Harry Redknapp said it was important for QPRs league survival hopes thatthey did not lose to West Brom, following Kieron Dyers 90th-minuteequaliser: "It was important we didnt get beat because losing is a bad habit," Redknappsaid. "I was pleased the lads kept battling away. We hung in there. Maybe the Chelseagame knocked a bit out of a few of the lads - one or two looked tired - but credit to them,they kept going. It keeps momentum going from Chelsea and hopefully we can continuethat against Tottenham."West Broms joint assistant head coach Kevin Keen promised the Baggies willput QPR under pressure in the replay: "We felt the game was going to peter out but
3. we slipped up at the end," Keen said. "But these things happen in football and, along withQPR, were in the draw for the next round. Were going to take them back to theHawthorns and have a real go at them there."Luton Town manager Paul Buckle claimed it was impossible to tell who werethe underdogs after Alex Lawless goal dumped Wolves out of the FACup: "They will struggle to pick out the Blue Square Premier side when watching thehighlights, theyll see a very good Luton team, he said. "We have to use this to kick on inthe league - we know we have to put a run together. Weve been in this division for fouryears, and Im looking for the magic wand to get us into the Football League.Defeat for Wolves means manager Stale Solbakken has recorded three winsfrom his past 17 games, with a giant-killing only increasing the pressure on hisposition: "There will be a lot of questions over me but that is normal, thats football and Ihave to take that, its no problem, he said. "I can put it right. Im not embarrassed by theresult."Steve King issued a hands-off warning to anyone interested in MatthewBarnes-Homer after the Macclesfield strikers double against Cardiff fired theSilkmen into the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in theirhistory: "People wrote Barnes-Homer off and said he wasnt going to score but I believedin him, King said. "You have to know your players and how to nurture them and whattheir needs are. Matthew is an unusual character sometimes but I know how to handle himand how to get the best out of him. Hes not for sale and we are in the process of a newcontract for him because hes earned it. He took a huge wage cut to come here so hedeserves it."Cardiff boss Malky Mackay did not regret changing his line-up for Saturdaysencounter, saying: "We picked a team here that we felt was capable of winning the gameand I thought there were some fantastic performances. I dont regret picking this team, Ithink they did wonderfully."Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway was upbeat about his sides 0-0 drawwith Stoke, saying he believes his philosophy is beginning to take root atSelhurst Park: "Its looking like my team now, and if thats after eight weeks, Im lookingforward to the rest of the four years," Holloway said. "I wanted to win or lose, basically,and wasnt bothered which, as long as we had a good performance. But the way the gamewent Im glad we didnt lose because I dont think my boys deserved to lose."Elliott Bennett sent Norwich on their way tovictoryStoke boss Tony Pulis admitted Palaceprobably had been the better side as theLondoners stuck to their task even whenthe Potters big guns wereintroduced:"Theyve got some dangerousplayers in their team and we are pleased withthe result," Pulis said. "They are a good side,Ian Holloways got them well-motivated and itwas always going to be difficult. I was bringingon players like Kenwyne Jones, Cameron Jerome and Charlie Adam to try to win the game.But both teams are in the draw so thats something to look forward to."Chris Hughton said Norwichs 3-0 beating of Peterborough was founded ontreating their Championship opponents with a proper respect: "Half-time wascrucial, I felt, and if they get one back it could be a tough afternoon but I thought we were
4. very professional first to last," Hughton said. "Sometimes you get a feel for the game earlyon and I felt if we could score then it was there for us because our approach from the firstminute was very professional."Sunderland manager Martin ONeill insists naming six substitutes for their 2-2 FA Cup third round draw at Bolton was not meant as a message to ownerEllis Short: "It was not a point whatsoever, it is the way things fell, ONeill said. "I thinkI get on reasonably okay with the owner. He is well aware so I think he wants to dosomething about it. We had a couple of injuries and illnesses, we dont have the biggestsquad and we were really stretched but weve lost a couple more. We are trying to dosomething about it if we can, we need to."Bolton manager Dougie Freedman had mixed emotions at the final whistle,after seeing goals from Chung-Yong Lee and Marvin Sordell cancelled out byConnor Wickham and Craig Gardner: "From a 2-0 lead Im disappointed but overallIm thrilled with the result because I thought we showed great commitment and desire atthe end to defend for our lives, Freedman said. "For the first 60 minutes I thought wecontrolled the game and we played a style of football I like to play."Reading manager Brian McDermott was keen not to let the Royals 3-1 victoryover Crawley Town distract him from the important business of PremierLeague survival: "It was important we won today and we have done that," McDermottsaid. "We made a few changes but we put out a team we thought could win and that is whathappened. We are in the results business and we need to get a result against West Brom[next]."Crawley Town fans chanted sort it out towards manager Richie Barkerduring the loss to Reading, leaving the Reds boss more than a littleunhappy: "I will do the best I can and one day when Ive gone, a bit like my old club,people will realise how well I did," Barker, whose side lie eighth in League One, said. "Theexpectations are ridiculous."Martin Jol revealed he had broken a promise to rest a "knackered GiorgiosKaragounis after watching the veterans sensational equaliser rescue Fulhamin a 1-1 draw against Blackpool:"Hes been in the team now over the last three gamesand I told him he could play 60 minutes today because he played the other games, Jolsaid. "I had to leave him on and I think hes not only a legend in his country, but hes awarrior for us.Blackpool boss Michael Appleton admitted he would have taken a replaybefore kick-off: "It was their strongest side, so I am pleased to come away and still be inthe hat and have the chance to bring them down to the Bloomfield Road cabbage patch,he said. "It is as bad a surface I have even seen in the league. I dont think Fulham will becomfortable or enjoy playing there."