"I don't know why it was Shola who was singled out for criticism because he was no worse than a lot of the others on Monday night," he told the Evening Chronicle.
"It's a shame because he could have turned into the hero if he had put in the chance he had.
"To be fair, David Rozehnal's earlier chance was much easier than Shola's.
"Like everybody else, it is down to the service sometimes and your other team-mates clicking all together and, unfortunately, too many of us did not click.
"It's a little unfair to point all the criticism at him when there was a lot of players below their best."