On his side's performance...
I was delighted with the way we played. I thought for the first 35 minutes we played really well, got our noses in front and then incompetence from the three officials has affected the game. We became a little bit naive and didn't really organise it properly and we've paid the price but overall I'm pleased. In the second half I thought tactically they worked to the game plan and in the end I don't think there were any chances created against us in the second half.

On Fran Merida's dismissal...
To be honest I didn't see it and I can't see how the linesman has made one a red card and one a yellow card and it's spoiled the game. Fran said he did flick out, Fabian Delph's grabbed him - it was a little bit of nothing really.

On the opposition...
Aston Villa are a good side. They're top of the league and they've won it the last two years because they are a good footballing side. They're competitive and that's what football is all about.

On conceding twice before half time...
We tried to organise them [after the red card] but they should know that because it was 15 minutes of disorganisation maybe because their emotions took over. But they have to learn from that. I said to Fran and all of them in the dressing room, you've got to take every experience and learn from it, take a positive from it.

On the game threatening to boil over...
It did but because it was two competitive sides. They're both going for in challenges and that's football.

On next week's Carling Cup clash against Manchester City...
I'm looking forward to it. The manager was here tonight and he'll make his selection after the really big game against Chelsea on Sunday. I'll wait and see what my role will be in the game but I've been before and hopefully I'll go again.

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