Match Quotes

Last updated : 07 October 2007 By Editor


"Considering all the things that happened I think we've done fantastically well.

"I was very pleased with the football in the second half.

"We had 10 players missing but great credit to the players who played today.

"We speeded the game up in the second half, the flow of the game was much better. It's coming together."

Of the injuries:

"Vidic has been taken to hospital with concussion, O'Shea has a dead leg and Louis felt his knee in the warm-up. You can't risk that."

Of Simpson and Pique:

Danny's a very confident boy.

"He's so quick and is a tremendous defender. He's improving his technique all the time and he is one of the players that I would not consider going on loan this year because he's valuable to us.

"Pique also came in today and was absolutely outstanding. He was one our best players against Coventry [not hard] and is improving all the time."

Danny Simpson on MUTV:

"It was magnificent, I'm buzzing.

"It's a Premier League game, playing with Ronaldo on the right wing and it's a good feeling. I don't know what else to say. Hopefully there'll be a few more feelings like this to come.

"I had family and friends here, so obviously I've had a few texts from everybody. I'm looking forward to going and seeing them now, to see what they have to say.

"(For Rooney's goal) I saw Scholesy get the ball and thought that if I made the run he'd give it me. I took a touch, looked up and we've been practicing it a lot in training with Rene Meulensteen, and I just clipped it in and luckily Wayne was on the end of it.

"The gaffer has said I'm staying here as cover.

"Obviously we've got a few injuries and hopefully I've shown him today that, when the lads are injured, I can come in and do a job for him."

* An insider reports that Rooney told Simpson 'he would have knocked his block off' if hadn't have crossed for his goa!

Wigan manager Chris Hutchings:

"We had a game plan which worked well in the first half.

"But as as soon as they scored the first goal they upped the tempo and they could have scored a couple more.

"It's always difficult but while it's 1-0 you have always got a chance. I'm disappointed that we lost our shape."