Both managers pay the penalty

BY foxsports • December 14, 2009

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.


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