On whether a draw was a fair result ...
"Yes, maybe overall even though it was frustrating for us. Physically it was a very difficult game for us tonight and mentally as well because they did fight for every ball. We did not have enough time to play. I feel as well that technically we did not find the right solutions when we won the ball back to get them out of position. That made their physical game easier for them. But overall you could say they did deserve something from the game and we didn't really create enough going forward to say we should have won. Even in the last 10 minutes I felt we were in three or four situations when we didn't get the advantage we should have got."

On his team's passing game ...
"We were not to our usual game but we got a point which maybe we wouldn't have got last year. That was more down to our defending than our drive going forward. We know that's not the way we want to play but we were forced to that tonight and we didn't find the resources to play our usual game."

On being four points clear at the top...
"We would have signed for that at the beginning of the season but when you are 1-0 in front... Overall Newcastle were very direct but they were not very dangerous apart from set pieces and throw-ins. But we contributed to their goal and that's a regret we had tonight."

On his frustrations on the touchline...
"I got frustrated in the end because you could see where the game was going. It was obvious that it was difficult for us to get the free kicks. I felt that Adebayor got in front a few times and he was stopped illegally. But the pressure from the stands was so big that overall I cannot blame the referee."

On Newcastle's fighting spirit...
"You could feel before the game that it was a crisis and that I anticipated a difficult game because no matter the differences within the club there was a union to win this game and fight tonight. Everybody was on board because their team fought like mad for 90 minutes and they got a point from it."

On echoes of playing Bolton...
"It was exactly the same type of organisation and the same type of play. They were very direct, very committed and in a 4-3-3, and I must say Smith, Martins and Milner fought very hard."

 

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