Post-Match: Lennon on Bolton's Win at Birmingham

  • October 18, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Neil Lennon will appeal against a potential touchline ban, after being sent to the stands during his side's 1-0 win at Birmingham City.

Lennon was dismissed by match referee Mark Haywood, moments after his side were awarded a second-half penalty. The former Celtic manager was attempting to pass a message on to his players, but was ordered to watch the rest of the game from the stands for persistently leaving his technical area.

Speaking after the game, Lennon admitted he will appeal against any sanction placed upon him but believes his players have shown enough to prove they are capable of climbing away from their current predicament.

"I got sent off basically for leaving the technical area and walking a few yards onto the pitch to give instructions to my players," Lennon told Sky Sports.

"The lady (fourth official Amy Fearn) said I was consistently doing it and she did warn me, to be fair. But you've got to understand it's my first game, we're in a difficult position and maybe I was overexuberant but I'm not used to the ways of it down in England.

"I think it was very, very harsh, a little bit pedantic and unnecessary. I wasn't remonstrating with anyone. I've seen a lot worse in Scotland, put it that way.

"A few times the lady warned me. I tried to deal with it with a bit of humour because I want to make a decent impression. But sending me off was a bit over the top.

"I'll appeal it. I've got to.

"I hope my reputation from my time in Scotland hasn't preceded me. I haven't been sent off for two years. My only misdemeanour today was leaving the technical area, showing enthusiasm. Officials need to cut people a bit of slack.

"I felt in the second half particularly we should have picked them off on the counter more but we were anxious in the final third."

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