Jussi Plays Down Heroics

  • May 05, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Jussi Jaaskelainen has played down his role in Saturday's goalless draw at Wigan Athletic, insisting he was just doing his job.

The 34-year-old pulled off a string of fine saves during the match, just as he did at Hull City earlier in the season, but just like he did in November, the Finland international has refused to take the plaudits.

"At the end of the day, it is my job to do that or someone else would be playing there," Jaaskelainen told the club's official website.

"I'm 34-years-old now and very experienced so that has helped to keep my consistency over the course of a long season.

"To be fair, it's a good thing that we kept a clean sheet because it is only our sixth of the season and that has been our weak point.

"Obviously when you come away from home it would be great to take three points, but in the first half we were a bit poor and didn't work as hard as Wigan did and that's why they had a little bit of pressure. That changed in the second half when we were able to play our game."

The Finland international needed treatment on a knee injury in the opening stages of the game at the JJB Stadium, but recovered to complete the full 90 minutes.

"The shot came very close to my body and I tried to get my left foot away but it got stuck in the grass and all of my body weight went through my knee, " he said.

"Luckily it didn't cause any damage - it was a bit sore but after a few minutes it got better."

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