Thank You Jaaskelainen!

Last updated : 29 January 2009 By Footy Mad - Editor

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce claimed a moral victory from a game in which he felt referee Mike Dean should have dismissed the Bolton goalkeeper ... who he once tried to sign for Newcastle to replace Shay Given.

Allardyce was by far the happier manager following a 2-2 draw with former club Bolton at Ewood Park after Gary Megson's side had taken a two-goal lead.

Allardyce: "I suppose in the end it's two points lost.

"Who would have thought at half-time I'd be disappointed with a point at the end, but I have to say I am after that second half.

"It was a tremendous fightback, tremendous recovery as we showed character and commitment first of all, and then the quality came through.

"But for the penalty miss and the header that hit the post (Ryan Nelsen in injury time) then it could have been a very important victory.

"In the end it's a moral victory, a very precious point and we can't be too disappointed with that.

"I don't understand why he (Jaaskelainen) wasn't given a red card. It was the wrong decision, but at the end of the day Mike Dean has deemed it was not a goalscoring opportunity.

"For me, I can't agree with that. It's very rare you don't see a red card for that offence, and so they got off the hook a bit.

"Of course, it's our responsibility for missing the penalty. We should have tucked that one away, so it's not all the referee's fault.

"But unfortunately sometimes the wrong decision goes against you, and I thought that was the wrong decision."

Joe Kinnear keeps reminding us how he has "transformed the club and these are the same players that I had when I took over and we were second bottom".

Someone should remind him those are the same players that took a point at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season and Kevin Keegan took to fifth in the table before he walked out!

It was Chris Hughton who started the rocking road to relegation ... with those same players ... of course!