FOOTBALL: NOISES OFF...

THAT WAS THE WEEKEND THAT WAS
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To be fair we should have been four up at half-time because we missed some chances. It is a big result for us, but we are not safe yet."

Jim Smith, whose team upset Manchester United at Old Trafford

"If you play badly you must be hammered. It will help you. If you are angry about criticism then play somewhere else."

Ruud Gullit, promising to come down hard on his Chelsea flops

"It is nothing unusual, he is always criticising me."

Gianluca Vialli, reacting to his manager's outburst.

"We expected it to be difficult, but we gave a great performance and made it look easy."

Arsenal's match-winner, Dennis Bergkamp.

"Well, Paul [Merson], you'd put your house on Ian Wright scoring that one."

Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys.

"A couple of years ago I probably would have."

Merson.

"People keep telling me that my players look tired, but I'm not having that. There are three or four players who are deciding that Chelsea is the more important game. I'm not accepting that either."

Joe Kinnear, pulling no punches over Wimbledon's decline.

"Today's challenge was to win promotion. Now we want to be champions."

Colin Todd, the manager of Premiership-bound Bolton.

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