Post-Match: Lennon on Bolton's Draw at Blackpool

  • November 22, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon praised his Bolton players, but admitted he was slightly disappointed to leave Blackpool with a 1-1 draw.

Lee Chung-Yong's 82nd minute strike cancelled out a 75th minute opener from Jacob Murphy, as Wanderers took a point from their trip to Bloomfield Road, but the Trotters boss thought his side were good value for all three points after a dominant second-half in possession.

Speaking after the game, Lennon pointed to a controversial first-half incident which saw Seasiders goalkeeper Joe Lewis escape a red card but believes his players need to help themselves by being more clinical in the final third.

"I thought we were very rusty for the first 25 minutes," Lennon told the club's official website. "Whether that's the international break or not, I don't know, but compared to levels we were previously playing at it was a little bit disjointed.

"Once we found our feet in the game, we were fine, but we conceded to a brilliant free-kick and sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say it was a good goal.

"I thought we dominated the second half and a point was the least we deserved.

"The quality of the pitch didn't help our play, but you have to win games in all kinds of conditions in this league.

"I felt that we were unlucky not to be playing against ten men when in the first half - Craig (Davies) has read a backpass and nicked the ball away from the goalkeeper. We feel he has been denied a goalscoring opportunity and that the incident possibly incurred inside the area.

"It would have been a huge advantage for us in the game, but we have to remember that Blackpool are scrapping for their lives and Lee Clark has set them up in a certain way because of that.

"I am disappointed that we've only left with one point with the form we've been in of late, but I think that's a measure of how far we've come in a short space of time.

"I felt like we played some excellent football today but perhaps we were a little lacking in the final third, but that will come with the more games we play."

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