Jaaskelainen aiming high

Bolton keeper eyes strong finish to season

Jaaskelainen: Ambitious

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Jussi Jaaskelainen believes Bolton should be looking for more than just a top-half finish in the Premier League this season.

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The Trotters went through a five-match winless run at the turn of the year but now appear to have regained their consistency, having beaten Everton, drawn with Newcastle and picked up a couple of wins in the FA Cup to advance to the quarter-finals.

Jaaskelainen is excited about what the next couple of months could hold in store as Bolton look to reach Wembley and improve on their current standing of seventh in the league.

"I said back in January when we had a bad run that all we really needed was to get a win to get back on track," the veteran goalkeeper told the club's official website.

"We should be flying now until the end of the season. We have 10 games coming up but they are not thick and fast, so we should be well prepared.

"We're in a good position to build on last season. We wanted a top-half finish - and I'd be disappointed if we didn't get that now.

"I wouldn't say I'd take that though, we should be aiming as high as we can."


Jaaskelainen is close to bringing up a personal milestone of 500 appearances for Bolton and it could happen in the FA Cup quarter-final against Birmingham.

However, young Hungarian keeper Adam Bogdan has been given the opportunity to impress in the past couple of ties and Jaaskelainen insists he does not mind waiting.

"I'd like to play every game, but the manager makes the team choices," said the Finn.

"At the end of the day it's about the results and we got two great ones in the cup.

"Going to the quarter-final now, Birmingham away, ideally I'd want to play but I'm not going to moan when the manager makes decisions. I'm very happy."

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