Brown - Jussi was match-winner
Phil Brown was left to rue the chances Hull failed to convert in their 1-0 defeat to Bolton.
By Will Wood
Last Updated: 08/11/08 6:54pm
Hull City manager Phil Brown was left to rue the opportunities his side failed to convert in their 1-0 defeat to Bolton, though he acknowledged the superb performance goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen put in to deny his side an equaliser.
The Tigers had looked the most likely to break the deadlock at the KC Stadium as, firstly Geovanni tested the Finland international, before Marlon King's acrobatic effort rebounded off the crossbar.
It was, however, the visitors that seized the lead via Matt Taylor's half-volley, and while Hull continued to press for a goal of their own, Jaaskelainen made incredible saves to deny a close-range header from Geovanni and a deflected King strike.
"Their goalkeeper stood up to everything that we threw at him, but not just the goalkeeper, obviously the team," Brown told Sky Sports.
"They set out to spoil it to a certain extent and we didn't get our passing game going in the first half.
"In the second half we started playing, the atmosphere in the stadium was building up, and if you analyse their goal it should never have been given - there were a couple of fouls just before.
"A day where it's going for you, you'll get that slice of luck but obviously today we didn't. 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."
Geovanni's header in particular looked certain to draw The Tigers level, and Brown admitted he was already celebrating before he realised Jaaskelainen had pulled out another world-class save.
"I was celebrating, I was almost on the pitch, and I thought it was a great ball in by Dean Marney and Geovanni - who's not the tallest - had a free header in the six-yard box," he continued.
"I turned around and I've seen Brian Horton's face, and his was absolute disbelief that the ball wasn't in the back of the net. I looked back and I couldn't believe it.
"It was one of those moments where you just think, at 1-1, we can go on to win this, but unfortunately the keeper pulled the save off and he's put in a match-winning performance."