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07 Aug 2009 14:20:00

Reputation not fair - Jaaskelainen

Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen believes the club have an unfair reputation among their Barclays Premier League rivals. Under former long-time manager Sam Allardyce, Wanderers were seen as a competitive, over-physical, long-ball side and although that brought relative success - including European football - Jaaskelainen insists things have moved on. Sammy Lee, Allardyce's immediate replacement, tried to change the style of play but the experiment proved a failure as he lasted just six months. Gary Megson then came in and took the squad back to basics but even he has spoken of a desire to get Bolton playing more football. "If you look at the way we play, sometimes we play long ball but we also play good football," Jaaskelainen told Press Association Sport. "I don't think our reputation has ever been fair. It doesn't matter what people think of us, as long as we are together and we are successful that is the main thing."


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