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Di Matteo: I was right to pick Terry

ESPN staff
September 29, 2012
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Roberto Di Matteo believed his decision to play John Terry was vindicated, as Chelsea ran out eventual 2-1 winners against Arsenal in the day's early kick-off. The Italian said: "He [Terry] showed his leadership and it was right to pick him.

"I thought we played very well and deservedly won the game. It's always difficult when you come to the Emirates Stadium. They're a very good side. I thought we were excellent today.

"From start to the end, we never really defended too much or too deep. We tried to take the initiative and to go forward and create chances. Our pressing was very good. We showed it last weekend against Stoke as well. You can't allow them to dictate the rhythm and we did that well."

Arsene Wenger was disappointed his side did not pick up at least a point from the match. He said: "I believe we were very nervous at the start and after the first 20 minutes when we got into it we should have never lost this game. It's sad because we have a good team and we were playing at home. We conceded two soft goals from set-pieces. They had three shots on target and they scored two goals.

"It's a shame. The least we deserved was a draw. But you have to keep face and continue to play like we play. It's dangerous in the big games when you have to go after the game - you expose yourselves to the counter-attack. But there's a lot of positives in this game and that's what we have to take."

Roberto Mancini felt Manchester City deserved all three points after Edin Dzeko snatched a late winner for the champions against Fulham: "I think that we played a good game. To win the game we had a lot of chances, but it was a difficult match because we were 1-0 down. I'm very pleased with this. I was worried because we continued to play well and continued to create chances, but didn't score for 87 minutes. I was pleased for Edin to score such an important goal."

Brendan Rodgers was delighted after Liverpool climbed out of the bottom three with a commanding 5-2 win over Norwich: "The team was outstanding. I'm not surprised because in a lot of our games we have played very well and created a host of chances. It's just our conversion rate has not been as good. But today we were fantastic. For us to score five goals and play like we did was outstanding."

Norwich boss Chris Hughton felt his side did not help themselves against Liverpool: "It's a bad day for us. You can't afford a very clinical Liverpool side the chances we gave them today. We've made some bad mistakes. We have added to our own downfall and that is what has disappointed me."

Newcastle striker Demba Ba admitted Newcastle were lucky to leave Reading with a point and confessed that his controversial equaliser struck his hand: "They dominated us the whole game and we were fortunate. Shane Ferguson crossed it, I headed it and it hit my hand on the way to the goal. It goes in and the referee said it was goal, it was not on purpose but it was unfortunate for Reading. For the first goal, the ball from Cheik Tiote was brilliant, my first mind was just to take it and hit it, and I think that one touch was more than enough."

Everton manager David Moyes is determined not to get carried away after his side's comeback win over Southampton which took them to second in the table: "I don't think Everton managers can come in here and say 'Let's avoid relegation' but I think that is always the first route for every club and it still is for Everton. The next part is then 'Can we make a European spot and if you are very good can you make the dream spots, the big ones?

"I'd like to be in there, in the mix, during the season but I don't think Manchester United and Manchester City will be worried to see Everton there at this time of the year. They might be worried if in April time we slip to the top of the league.''

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins stood by his philosophy despite a fifth defeat in their opening six league matches: " At the moment we're conceding far too many goals. Are we too adventurous? No. We have got win, this game is all about winning. We started the game very well and scored a good goal. Had Jay Rodriguez scored when we were ahead then it would have been a totally different complexion."

Roberto Martinez insisted he was not worried after Wigan crashed to a third successive defeat and felt Jordi Gomez's sending off turned the game on its head: "I am not concerned with three defeats in a row. The way we played in the first half I was really pleased with ourselves. The sending off changed it for us but now we need to move onto the next game."

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