Bosses Hold Praise For Jussi

  • November 09, 2008 | By Chris Mann
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After a world class man-of-the-match performance against Hull City, Jussi Jaaskelainen has earned the praise of his own boss, and also that of the Tiger's boss.

The 33-year-old Finland international was in superb form at the KC Stadium as Wanderers recorded a 1-0 victory courtesy of Matt Taylor's second half strike.

Jaaskelainen made a string of fine saves to deny the hosts and has earned the plaudits of both bosses.

Speaking after the game, Bolton boss Gary Megson was delighted with his goalkeeper, believing he will take all the credit and not Matt Taylor.

"He's (Jaaskelainen) going to because Hull were causing us loads of problems going from back to front very quickly and, in the main, we dealt with it," Megson told Sky Sports.

"But when we didn't do that well enough we're fortunate that we have one of the best goalkeepers in the country - he was marvellous.

"He looks after himself, on the field and off the field, so he can go on for as long as he wants to as long as injuries permit.

"In 400 games I doubt he's had one above that standard. It wasn't just the saves he made; it was coming for crosses, his distribution, and he will get the headlines which is good for Jussi from our point of view."

Despite reserving praise for the Finn, Megson was also delighted with the result, which moves Bolton into the top half of the Premier League.

"I'm delighted with the fact that we got the result and I'm also delighted with the performance of all the players and their work rate," he said.

"Today, especially in the first half, we were on top and passed it quite well and we were disappointed to go into half-time without the lead.

"But the game's gone on and their football has become a little bit more direct. Given the amount of people that they threw up front Jussi had to come into his own and he was marvellous for us today."

Hull boss Phil Brown, highly thought of by Wanderers fans, also heaped praise on Jaaskelainen, a man he helped bring to the club 11 years ago.

"A day where it's going for you, you'll get that slice of luck but obviously today we didn't," Brown told Sky Sports.

"Again, the difference between the two teams was the goalkeeper and he's pulled off a fantastic save - well, two or three fantastic saves - towards the end and kept a clean sheet and he deserved it."

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