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Jaaskelainen heroics thwart Tigers

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Hull manager Phil Brown hailed Jussi Jaaskelainen's performance as "world class" after watching the Bolton goalkeeper help condemn his side to a third successive defeat.

Matt Taylor's 50th-minute strike was all that separated the sides come the end of a 1-0 win at the KC Stadium, giving Bolton their back-to-back victories for the first time since April - but it was Jaaskelainen who emerged the hero and took the plaudits from both Brown and Bolton boss Gary Megson.

"He's had a blinder," said Brown, for many years Sam Allardyce's number two at Bolton before moving on to Derby and Hull.

"He pulled off a couple of great saves, with the one from the Geovanni header the turning point," he added.

"I was ready to run onto the pitch with both arms raised because we had scored an equaliser and we were going to be in with a chance to win the game.

"But he had one of those days, although he is a world-class 'keeper anyway, and I've nothing but admiration for him.

Jaaskelainen signed for Bolton nearly 11 years ago to the day for £100,000 from Finnish side VPS Vaasa, and he has since gone on to make 400 appearances.

Now 33, he only recently signed a new contract through to 2012 over the summer when many expected him to move on to pastures new.

"There was a lot of talk in the press about him going here, there and everywhere," said Megson.

"But from our own point of view we were all relaxed he would stay, and he is now settled. All it was ever going to be was getting a contract Jussi was happy with."

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