Norwich bullied us - Redknapp
On a day that saw Newcastle pull level on points with fourth-placed Spurs, we round up the reaction from Monday's Premier League matches...
Harry Redknapp urged his Tottenham side to bounce back after they suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at home to Norwich.
"Credit to them as I think they deserved it. We were disappointing. I changed the system to 4-4-2 and we were too open. I thought they bullied us a little bit. It was a difficult day for the boys at the back. It was a bad day but we have to pick ourselves up."
Canaries boss Paul Lambert was delighted with his side's win, claiming it was Norwich's best performance since he took the helm in August 2009.
"It was the best performance in the three years I've been here, that is the magnitude of it. I thought we were brilliant, right from the off. If you sit back and analyse it, it is ridiculous what has happened here. The club was close to folding, you inherit a group of lads you are not sure are good enough to get out of League One. It has been three year building. To beat Tottenham in their own back yard is incredible for us, but the performance was right up there.''
Newcastle took full advantage of Spurs' slip-up with a 2-0 victory over Bolton, and Magpies boss Alan Pardew was full of praise for playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa, who scored a contender for goal of the season.
"It was a special, special goal from Ben Arfa and we needed that today. He can make the difference in tight games and not many players are blessed with the talent he has. It was a fantastic goal. He did it in the FA Cup against Blackburn this year. He will probably get the coverage he deserves for that goal. His goal, his performance and his workrate were magnificent."
Defeat left Wanderers poised precariously just above the drop zone, but the performance bolstered manager Owen Coyle's belief that Bolton can stay up.
''We accept Ben Arfa's finish was quality; for our part, there was a lot to be pleased about. 'The disappointment is we are left with no points, but what I do know is if we offer that level of performance for the total duration of a match, then we will pick up enough points to stay in the Barclays Premier League, and that's what we have to do.''
Everton warmed up for their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley next weekend with an emphatic 4-0 win over Sunderland at Goodison Park. However, Toffees assistant manager Steve Round insisted nobody was thinking about their cup clash against rivals Liverpool.
"There is no talk of the cup, the focus is on the league. We have the chance to qualify for Europe through the league and that is what we are concentrating on. We had a fantastic January, credit to the chairman who managed to get four grade-A players in Landon Donovan, Steven Pienaar, Darron Gibson and Nikica Jelevic, and the confidence has rubbed off us on us."
Sunderland have not beaten Everton in the Premier League since December 2001 and Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill admitted his side were second best at Goodison Park.
"We were well beaten in the end. Everton were physically stronger than us and deserved to win. There wasn't much in it at half-time and I thought we were in with a chance. The first goal was very important. We could have done better. We looked a little bit tired. Everton were able to make some changes to their team. We've got lots to learn but it's been a big effort in the last three or four months.''