Hughes, Beckham, Allardyce & Wenger - quotes of the day

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Stoke 2-2 West Ham: Excellent performance deserved win - Hughes

Stoke manager Mark Hughes had his birthday ruined, Swansea's Garry Monk was unhappy about a penalty decision (again) and Sam Allardyce hailed the right boot of Stewart Downing.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger again praised striker Alexis Sanchez and Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has targeted a place in Europe.

BBC Sport rounds up the best reaction from Saturday's Premier League action.

'Spoilt my birthday'

West Ham's Alex Song
West Ham's Alex Song was in the thick of the action and the controversy at Stoke

Stoke manager Mark Hughes was angry that West Ham midfielder Alex Song was not penalised by referee Chris Foy for a challenge on Mame Biram Diouf in the build-up to the visitors' first goal in the 2-2 draw at the Britannia. He was also unimpressed about his 51st birthday celebrations being disrupted.

"It was dangerous play. It was reckless. We're grateful that Diouf jumped out of the way, because it could have been a nasty collision.

"The referee should come down on challenges like that - he needed to stop play, but apparently he was trying to play an advantage, which we didn't get. But it's not the first time we've been disappointed by a referee this season.

"I think everybody at the game knows who were the better side, and who created the most chances. Unfortunately, sport doesn't always give the spoils to the team who deserve it.

"Has it spoiled my 51st birthday? Very much so. We should be celebrating, because our performance deserved maximum points."

Ex-Tottenham striker & BBC pundit Danny Mills:
"Alex Song went steaming into a challenge and it was so late that the referee says play on almost because it was so late. West Ham went up the field and got one back, and after that they were in the ascendency and looked like they might even get a winner."

'He's not all left foot'

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Stoke 2-2 West Ham: 'Ultimate comeback' for Allardyce's Hammers

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was just pleased to see his side recover from their awful start:

"When you're 2-0 down away from home anywhere in the Premier League, getting anything is a terrific comeback. For us, that's what it had to be.

"It wasn't that we weren't trying, but we couldn't get our passing game going - partly because of the conditions, and partly because Stoke were doing a good job on us.

"I always thought there was a goal in us. We changed the shape of the team and went for it, knowing we'd either lose 3-0 or get it back to 2-1, at which point Stoke might get nervous.

"Stewart Downing scored with his right foot. People think he's all left foot, and he isn't. We moved him into the middle from the wing, and he made a terrific difference."

West Ham striker Carlton Cole on Twitter:
"Not the best of games but vitally important point. Well done lads."

'Attributes of a fighter'

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Arsenal 3-0 Burnley: Alexis Sanchez and Luis Suarez are similar - Wenger

Forward Alexis Sanchez proved the difference with two second-half strikes as Arsenal saw off Burnley 3-0. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said:

"Alexis Sanchez has the attributes of a fighter and of a quality, talented player. That's what you want to see in every football player.

"Since he has played through the middle he looks more dangerous because he is in full confidence, is physically strong, he likes to take people on as well and he makes perfect runs."

Alexis Sanchez's goal record
ClubAppearancesGoalsAssists
Arsenal15103
Barcelona1414736
Udinese1122120
Lukas Podolski and David Beckham
Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski posted on Instagram: "Good victory today, nice to meet David (Beckham) again at the game."

'No naivety'

The Clarets are still seeking their first win of the season since returning to the Premier League and are rooted to the foot of the table. Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"So far this season, we have played six out of the top 10 and we are not ready for that. I always plan to win, but there are teams more in our market than others.

"I am a young manager, but there is no naivety and I am learning a lot. We have taken the fans on a journey and they probably didn't think they would have that journey again."

Paul, a Burnley fan on BBC Radio 5 live's 606:
"Whatever happens this season, the first game of next season we should have Sean Dyche."

'Europe? You never know'

Morgan Schneiderlin on Instagram
Morgan Schneiderlin celebrated on Instagram while heading "back to Southampton in a nice plane"

Southampton fans were chanting about winning the league after Victor Wanyama's long-range goal kept the Saints in second place with a 1-0 win at Hull. Southampton manager Ronald Koeman:

"Winning the league? That's always positive but that's not what will happen. But to continue winning and being up in the table, why not?

"Expectations are high but I like that because we would like to win something.

"Football players like to win games and if you win games, you will have good possibilities.

"Maybe to play in Europe, you never know. Everybody knows we have to work hard every day and they players are incredible in the way they are acting together. If we keep like this, it can be a fantastic season."

Southampton on the rise
Southampton's 22 points from the first 10 matches is the club's best start to a season in the top flight.
In the 1983-84 campaign they had 20 points at this stage and finished second.
However, the Saints have lost their big games against Liverpool and Tottenham this term.

'Pat on the back'

Steve Bruce
Steve Bruce is the latest manager to be left in Ronald Koeman's wake

Hull manager Steve Bruce was sporting in defeat:

"Southampton were going to be everybody's whipping boys this season apparently, but they've bought well and the manager needs a pat on the back.

"Arguably they're as good as they were last year. It looks as if what they've let go has been replaced with real quality.

"Southampton are a very good side and it's no fluke that they're at the top end of the division."

Ex-Tottenham striker & BBC pundit Garth Crooks:
"Southampton have slipped into second in the table while remaining under the radar. But they are doing extremely well. They have momentum and are keeping their form going - and now they have our full attention."

'A great save from Alcaraz'

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Everton 0-0 Swansea - Garry Monk 'concerned' by fourth red card

Swansea manager Garry Monk was unhappy that his side were not awarded a penalty in the 0-0 draw at Everton when Antolin Alcaraz appeared to block a shot with his arm.

"I didn't know you were allowed to play with two goalkeepers.

"I thought it was a great save from Alcaraz, with very strong wrists. It is something I will be showing my goalkeepers in training to make sure they get down well with one arm.

"But it was only with one arm, so I'll let that one go. He actually saved the ball. It is not like it just struck his arm. We all saw it, all the players saw it, but the ref didn't see it."

Match of the Day commentator Guy Mowbray:
"Not a classic ... one big talking point is whether Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey's shot was saved by defender Antolin Alcaraz or whether it came off his knee. Who would be a referee?"

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea1082026101626
2Southampton107122151622
3Man City95221910917
4Arsenal104511811717
5West Ham105231914517
6Swansea104331310315
7Liverpool104241313014
8Man Utd93421613313
9Everton103431917213
10West Brom103431313013
11Newcastle103431115-413
12Stoke103341012-212
13Hull102531314-111
14Tottenham93241113-211
15Aston Villa9315414-1010
16Crystal Palace92341316-39
17Leicester102351116-59
18Sunderland9153817-98
19QPR10217920-117
20Burnley10046519-144
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