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Sunday 21 October 2012

Matchweek 8: David Platt hails Edin Dzeko for crucial goals

Read the reaction from the managers to the 3pm kick-offs in the Barclays Premier League

  • Edin Dzeko headed the equaliser for City a minute after coming off the bench

  • Manchester City's James Milner fouled Shane Long to earn his first red card

  • Wayne Rooney headed into his own net to give Stoke a shock early lead

  • Robin Van Persie put Manchester United ahead against Stoke

  • Liverpool's Raheem Sterling scored his first Premier League goal for the club

  • Mark Noble scored twice as West Ham beat Southampton

  • Michu scored again for Swansea as they beat Wigan 2-1

  • Fulham's Dimitar Berbatov tries the spectacular against Aston Villa

David Platt hailed the importance of Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko after his two late goals earned victory at West Bromwich Albion.

City looked in danger of falling seven points behind leaders Chelsea after James Milner was sent off in the first half and Shane Long broke the deadlock for West Brom. But substitute Dzeko equalised within 60 seconds of entering the action with 20 minutes left and then in injury time snatched the winner with his sixth goal of the season.

"If you look at Edin's career for Manchester City, the goals he has scored, he has got a lot of heavy goals, goals that are very important,” City’s first-team coach said.

"We deserved something out of the game"
Steve Clarke

Platt praised his team’s performance despite being a man down. "We said at half-time if we keep our control and discipline, stay together, we know we can impose our play on them and in that second period we controlled the match,” he said.

West Brom manager Steve Clarke admitted his side paid the penalty for chasing the winner in the closing stages. It was from an Albion corner that City broke clear to score their late winner.

"We deserved something out of the game,” Clarke said. “We played well, stood up to Manchester City, but they showed when they went to 10 men that they are champions for a reason.

"Credit to them, their performance with 10 men was excellent and the only feeling I have now is being disappointed to lose the game so late. It was maybe a bad decision to go chasing the winner rather than settling for a point.

"We still wanted to win the game. It is a mindset and characteristic we have got here and are trying to put into the players.”

Ferguson anger despite victory

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was disappointed with his side’s defending after they had to come from behind to beat Stoke City 4-2 at Old Trafford.

"We are giving ourselves uphill fights"
Sir Alex Ferguson

“We keep starting badly," he said. "Early goal against Fulham. Early goal against Tottenham. Early goal today. We are giving ourselves uphill fights. You don't want it to happen and hopefully we will get it sorted.

"The second in particular was a really slack one for us to lose."

Stoke manager Tony Pulis lauded the technical ability of some of the sides at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

"They have all got players in their teams who can change games," he said. "Manchester United have got it, Chelsea, Arsenal. It will be a great Premier League this season.

"Tottenham got beaten today but they have got some outstanding players and obviously you have Manchester City in there."

Rodgers hails winner Sterling

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praised Raheem Sterling after the 17-year-old’s maiden goal for the club secured the Reds' first home league win of the season, a 1-0 victory over Reading.

"Raheem's a terrific talent and he's got a good head on young shoulders"
Brendan Rodgers

"It was a brilliant goal," said Rodgers. "He's a terrific talent and he's got a good head on young shoulders."

Reading manager Brian McDermott was pleased with the way his side came back in the second half and thought they could have earned a draw.

"Liverpool never really hurt us with their passing moves but did so with one ball over the top," he said. "In the second half we were right in the game and I honestly felt we were going to get at least a point and we were on the front foot right till the end."

Allardyce surprised by victory

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce declared his side’s “brilliant” 4-1 victory over Southampton as a “surprise” after a poor first-half display.

"Scoring four goals against any side in the Premier League is no mean feat"
Sam Allardyce

"It was a surprise we won 4-1 when you look at what we did in the first half," Allardyce said. "The only good thing we did was not to allow Southampton any real chances in the first half.

"We can forget the first half now and just enjoy the victory and really focus on the positives of how we turned the game around when we looked like we were struggling. In fact, we didn't look like we were struggling, we were.”

"Scoring four goals against any side in the Premier League is no mean feat and 4-1 is a brilliant result for us."

The result mean Southampton have conceded 24 goals in their eight games back in the Barclays Premier League, a statistic that manager Nigel Adkins lamented.

"On too many occasions this year in the Barclays Premier League, we've not kept it out of our net.,” Adkins said. "We've got a process in place that we're doing our best to adhere to, but you've got to win games of football.”

Laudrup relief at return to winning ways

Michael Laudrup was relieved after his Swansea City side ended a run of five Barlcays Premier League games without a win with a nerve-jangling 2-1 victory over Wigan Athletic at the Liberty Stadium.

"You can say there is a mixture of joy and relief, we knew today was very important for us and if you see the game the players played with a lot of confidence and patience,” Laudrup said. “From the first minute of the second half we dominated completely, we did not create loads of chances but we got closer and closer and suddenly it was there.

"There was one goal and then we got the second and at that point everyone was thinking when would the third come to seal the win. But it sometimes happens in football; they got a goal back and the game changed completely and we had to suffer for the last 20 minutes.”

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez felt his side deserved to secure at least a point from the game.

"We created better chances and restricted Swansea really well,” he said. "But in these games you need that sharpness in the final third and probably we missed that today."

Jol joy at Baird's rare goal

Martin Jol’s Fulham side enjoyed their win over Aston Villa after a late winner from a surprise source. Midfielder Chris Baird, who had managed five goals in over 200 league appearances, nodded in a John Arne Riise corner.

"Baird is very good at attacking the near post, he is always close but he hasn't scored for as long as I have known him," Jol said. "It was most probably the worst corner kick ever. I don't think it was a good delivery but because he attacked the ball he could score."

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert tried to stress the positives after 13 matches since his side picked up three points away from Villa Park.

"There are a lot of good things," he said. "We have to turn the good things into wins."

Lambert praised Darren Bent who was recalled to the attack.

“Darren was fresh, I thought Darren and Gabby [Agbonlahor] did fine," he said. "I thought he did really fine. I thought him and Gabby worked well and worked hard together."

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