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Niko's frustration game

Posted on 18 January 2010  - 12:00

Niko Kranjcar reflected on Saturday's goalless draw against Hull and admitted: "It wasn't to be."

Niko's frustration game

Niko Kranjcar reflected on Saturday's goalless draw against Hull and admitted: "It wasn't to be."

The Croatian playmaker provided the final chance of the Barclays Premier League encounter when his free-kick found Peter Crouch eight yards out.

The striker rose unchallenged and met the cross with a powerful header - but as 35,000 fans and 10 team-mates waited for the net to bulge, Boaz Myhill stuck out his right hand to divert the ball away.

It was the story of the match with the Hull goalkeeper in inspired form, twice producing double saves to keep out Wilson Palacios and Robbie Keane, then Luka Modric and Robbie as well as denying Luka again, Crouchy again and Jermain Defoe.

As Harry Redknapp said: "What can you do?"

"It was very frustrating," said Niko. "We created a lot of chances but ultimately the keeper had the day of his life and we didn't get the three points.

"There's not much you can do about games like that. You need a bit of luck, we didn't have it and their goalkeeper had a great day.

"That was the story, we created chances but their goalkeeper came out on top.

"We stayed positive throughout and that showed with the chance for Crouchy right at the end. We put them under all sorts of pressure but it wasn't to be."