From the locker room

What the 49ers and Oakland Raiders were saying late Sunday afternoon after San Francisco's 34-20 victory at Monster Park.

"This win is important for a lot of reasons. First of all, being able to bounce back from last week's loss and, second, playing against our cross-town rivals who hadn't won a game yet. We just came out and did what we needed to do. To come out this week and take the opening drive down and score was nice. It shows the kind of character we have on this team with the guys bouncing back. We put in a lot of preparation earlier in the week and it paid off. The rest of the team made it really easy on me. We had great field position all day, we ran the ball so well, the O-line up front protected me well, and the receivers made a lot of nice catches. In the first half, we moved the ball well and stopped them on defense, but it didn't show on the scoreboard. After halftime, we didn't panic at all because we knew what we were capable of." --- 49ers quarterback Alex Smith

"I felt offensively we left a lot of points out there, but we stayed focused and continued to do what we do. The defense played well and the special teams came out and executed. It was a well-rounded game, and if we continue to build on it and get better and better, we're going to win a lot of games. I don't think it was anything we did differently today, we just came out and executed. My job every week is to come out and beat the guy that's in front of me. Whether it's blocking or opening up for another receiver, I'm going to do my job. Everybody has to go in there and do their job so we can win as a team." --- 49ers receiver Arnaz Battle

"You can't play the game and make as many mistakes as we did and expect to win. We didn't do a good jog of tackling, screwed up the punt coverage, and just didn't capitalize on the opportunities we had. I don't question the effort, but I do question guys being assigned to do their jobs. On the special teams, we cant' let a guy run free and come in and block the punt. We're just not that good to do that. Yes, we made mistakes and yes, I'm disappointed. I did not expect to be at this particular point in the season. I expected to be competing much better in our division. We‘ve just got to keep on working. Our guys have got to get better and understand there are things that need to be taken care of." --- Raiders coach Art Shell

"I have been doing it long enough and it's not about me, it's about these guys. The whole thing for me, we came off a rough week in Kansas City and I really think Alex is going to be a very, very special player in the league. I want to see him grow in the manner that he is growing and play the way he is playing, and if he will do that, everyone around him has a chance to contribute and make plays. So that is what was good for me today. I am human and I really learned that the team always comes first, and this group of guys is really special, but there are personal things and it feels good." --- 49ers offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who was head coach of the Raiders the past two seasons before being fired by Oakland in January

"This isn't high school football, where we just concentrate on the good things that we did. We're here to win and that's what they pay us for. Nothing else really matters. We have to be brutally honest with ourselves and do the things we do well and get better at the things we don't. We're making mistakes. It's pretty obvious. We're not making big plays. It's a bunch of things. It's not one group or one person. There were plays throughout the game that we could've made and we didn't. It's pretty tough to win in this league playing the way we did." --- Raiders offensive tackle Robert Gallery

"This was certainly a big win for us, for a lot of different reasons. I thought we played well as a team. Coming back after last week's loss, which was a very difficult loss for our football team, we started to question different things, which is natural. There are a lot of things for our young team to learn, and it was a big boost for our football team in that respect as well." --- 49ers coach Mike Nolan

"We played hard. They have a good offense, regardless of what happened last week. They did their homework on us. They hit us with some big plays and we just didn't stop them when we needed to, and that part sucks. Everyone had a part in it. We had a breakdown on special teams. We made mistakes on offense and defense. We all need to step it up. Coach Shell tells us that we're not a bad team, it's just that we make mistakes at times that end up hurting us in the long run - mistakes that just can't happen." --- Raiders linebacker Kirk Morrison

"It was a big game, and our team played together. We had a good week of practice. We just have to keep doing what we're doing. The offensive line did a great job, and so did Mike (Robinson), Mo (Hicks) and Moran (Norris). When we got our name called, we decided to make a play. I'm happy, because I worked hard all week. I just have to keep going, keep trying, and keep my head right, and stop getting down on myself." --- 49ers running back Frank Gore.

"No disrespect to them, but we have better players than they do. We just didn't get it done today as a team. We have no one to blame but ourselves. This is the second week in a row that we had the lead at halftime and didn't finish. We should have won. We're just not playing very well. We need to play a full four quarters." --- Raiders running back LaMont Jordan

"I saw the ball and it was tossed laterally. (Defensive line coach) Gary Emanuel always tells us that if the ball is on the ground, pick it up. I didn't hear a whistle, so I picked up the ball and took off. Not too many guys get a chance to do something like that, so it was surreal. It was a defensive lineman's dream." --- 49ers rookie defensive end Melvin Oliver, on his fumble return for a touchdown

"It was a tale of two halves. We obviously executed much better in the first half than we did in the second. I would make one good play and then follow that with a bad play. You just can't do things like that in the NFL. You have to be more consistent. It's I'm going to be working on more and more. We played well enough in the first half, but we could have done more. We've got to perform better as a unit. For whatever reason, we just didn't get things done in the second half." --- Raiders quarterback Andrew Walter

"Once you get that first one, you always got it in your mind. Once I got the first one, I really settled down and then it was, ‘OK, I got another one.' Then you're just kind of just waiting on the ball to come in your area and you just know in the back of your mind you're going to make a play." --- 49ers cornerback Walt Harris, who had a career-high three interceptions

"It feels horrible. Anytime you lose like this, it hurts. We can't keep playing like this. We've got to get off the snide and win one. We're not making enough plays, plain and simple. Offensively, defensively - whatever. You've got to make plays. I've been in worse situations. I think we'll get better in time." --- Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp


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