Brown-ed off

16 May 2009 07:07
Bolton 1-1 HullSoccer Saturday analysis

Charlie Nicholas watched Hull climb out of the bottom three, but stumble when they could have taken a giant stride towards Premier League safety against Bolton.

Phil Brown's side may have battled back to earn what may well be a crucial point, but could have taken all three according to the Soccer Saturday pundit.

Once Craig Fagan had cancelled out Gretar Steinsson's opener, the Tigers laid siege to the Bolton goal, only to waste chances and come up against an inspired Jussi Jaaskelainen.

"Phil Brown will be thinking he should be happy because they're out of the bottom three, but they had enough opportunities to win this match," Nicholas told Soccer Saturday.

"Hull had a great positive attitude. I stuck up for Phil Brown before the game, saying he's tried everything. He's tried variety, certain individuals, he's motivated, tried different systems and he went positive again today.

"Manucho started, Giovanni was back in, they were lively, Barmby was lively as was Fagan again.

"And Marney came on had the chance of a lifetime. It was a shot from Giovanni that was spilled, he stumbled onto it, rounded the goalie and he actually knocks it across goal when he should be hitting the target."

Nicholas also felt that Hull were found wanting at the other end of the field.

He blamed keeper Boaz Myhill for Stensson's opener as Hull now face a do-or-die showdown with newly-crowned champions Manchester United on the final day.

"In my opinion, Myhill should've done better with the strike; it had good power and it is going towards the corner but he gets a hand to it - his right hand," he said.

"If he gets his strong hand to it, he can turn it round (the post) and the top goalkeepers do that sort of thing regularly. But he was good after that.

"After that Hull hit the bar and post and Jaaskelainen, every tine I see him he puts in a world-class performance. Every time I see him I think 'why don't Arsenal sign him?', because he pulls of big, big saves at the right stage."

Source: SKY_Sports