Writer: Andrew Joyce
Date:Sunday November 29 2009
I guess after the high of Wednesday night when Blackburn were swept aside, yesterday was a little disappointing.
Perhaps Bolton, knowing they`d never won at Craven Cottage in the Premier League and after a poor result against Blackburn Rovers last weekend were keen to grind out a result for the under-fire Gary Megson.
In his after match interview with Sky Sports, Roy Hodgson mulled over events and seemed pleased, in the end, that we`d got a point from the affair.
Here`s what he had to say.
'It was a fair result I thought.'
'But we were unlucky to go in 1-0 down at half-time because it was then virtually a game of no chances for either side."
'We had a ball cleared off the line and really they converted their first chance, much in the way we did against Blackburn on Wednesday night."
'Second-half I thought we really took the game to them and dominated totally, with another couple of clearances off the line and a couple of good saves from Jussi Jaaskelainen."
'Luckily for us, at least we get an equaliser but I think we can be a little bit disappointed we didn't win the game."
'But having said that, I've got to give a lot of credit to Bolton, having come here on a string of disappointing results for them, and they've really worked hard and put their bodies on the line to get a draw today."
'So it would be childish really to begrudge them of the point that they fought so hard for here."
'They worked very hard, the back players won a lot of tackles and I thought we asked a lot of questions of them in the second-half and really put them to the test."
'And unfortunately, when we did get in behind them in one or two good positions, Jussi Jaaskelainen proved what a top goalkeeper he is by pulling off the saves."
'But I'm quite pleased we showed the character to come back after the disappointment of the first-half and it's our third tough game in a week."
'So at least we can come away unbeaten and with one more point in the bag.'
Indeed we can Roy but I so wanted three!
Next up though, we turn our attentions to a home fixture, in the Europa League, against CSKA Sofia.
Date:Sunday November 29 2009
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