Both managers pay the penalty

Neither side could break the deadlock in a tight Premier League

encounter at the KC Stadium on Saturday but there were plenty of

chances at either end. Attention was focused on two second-half

penalty appeals, one for Hull substitute Jozy Altidore and another

for Blackburn’s replacement striker Nikola Kalinic. Altidore was

incredulous after apparently being tripped by Chris Samba while

Kalinic kept his balance to get a shot away under rugged pressure

from Anthony Gardner. One each occasion referee Chris Foy was not

interested, having seen an earlier infringement in Altidore’s case

and nothing untoward in Gardner’s tackle. Brown said: “On a good

day, you will certainly get that, but the referee had seen an

infringement before making that decision. “He was hell-bent today,

the referee, on a clean sheet – probably more than the two defences

were.” But he added: “I think Chris Foy refereed the game to the

best of his ability and I have got no qualms.” Hull also spurned

good chances in the first half with Craig Fagan and Stephen Hunt

shooting too close to Paul Robinson when well placed. Rovers’ best

opportunities came after the introduction of Kalinic with the

Croatian shooting narrowly wide twice as well as almost winning a

penalty. “This is a situation where the player hasn’t dived to win

a penalty,” said Allardyce. “He has tried to stay on his feet to

score but has had his legs taken away. “The other one, there was a

foul on Samba for a push in the back. He then looks like he has

tripped himself up. “I didn’t think that was a penalty but I

thought the other one was – but I am bound to say that being the

manager of Blackburn.” The result was Blackburn’s third successive

goalless draw in the Premier League and kept them above Hull in the

table. Allardyce added: “I thought the chances we created were

enough to have sneaked us a win if we had been more clinical in

front of goal. “When Niko came on he had three good chances and

unfortunately didn’t convert any of them to get us the three points

instead of one. “But we are getting the defensive side right, which

is very important. “That is our fourth clean sheet in five games,

which is very good. We are just not quite clinical enough.” Brown

felt his team had not made the most of their opportunities but had

no complaints with a point. Brown said: “It was a scrappy game. You

tend to get sucked into a way of playing when you play against

Blackburn instead of getting the ball down and playing the way we

have played of late. “The performance was worthy of a clean sheet

but maybe not worthy of the three points, although we had three or

four great chances.” The match was billed as a battle between Brown

and Allardyce, his former boss at Bolton. Brown was a visible

presence throughout on the touchline but Allardyce, recovering from

a recent heart operation, remained in the stands until late on.

“I’m looking forward to my full recovery in a couple of weeks and

getting back on the bench and shouting a bit,” Allardyce said.