On Theo's injury...
"Theo looks not bad. The physio told me he had to come off straight away because he was numb, he had been kicked certainly on the nerve. He twisted his ankle, we checked his X-ray now, he looks alright."

On Wigan's resistance...
"We were not really under the threat of conceding but we needed to find an opening and I must say, for me, Wigan produced that extra 10 percent that you get from a team when the new manager is here - to defend and focus on every ball, they played a real cup game defensively. They defended extremely well, I must say. I was surprised how long they did last without giving us an inch, and how tight they could mark for 90 minutes - it was absolutely amazing."

On the first goal...
"It needed something special, and some patience, to find an opening, and Gallas found it. He's a forgotten centre-forward because he knows where to be in the box and he can turn up with a goal always when you need it. Once again we found the resources in the final 15 minutes to win the game, and it's not the first time. I don't feel that is a coincidence, that is just a fantastic spirit in the squad."

On going three points clear...
"Well, it's good for us because it strengthens our belief and we need that, that we can compete at the top against teams like Man United, I believe we will but we have a strong December and every point that can be had at the moment is very good for us."

On rumours about the January transfer window...
"Pandev? Yes, I know him. No, we're not looking for anybody at the moment."

 

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