Post-Match: Lennon on Bolton's Win Over Blackburn

  • December 26, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon hailed the impact of Emile Heskey and Eidur Gudjohnsen, but thought his Bolton side were fortunate to beat Blackburn Rovers on Boxing Day.

Wanderers trailed 1-0 at the break, courtesy of Joshua King's 41st minute opener, but goals after the restart from Heskey, on his Trotters debut, and Darren Pratley ensured the home side emerged victorious over their Lancashire rivals for a fifth straight season at Macron Stadium.

Speaking after the game, Lennon admitted he was disappointed with Bolton's first-half display and lavished praise on Gudjohnsen and Heskey, who combined well to help turn the game in their favour.

"I thought it was a classic," Lennon told the club's official website. "The football played was really open and it was a great advertisement for the Championship.

"I think on the balance of play you could argue that we were maybe a little fortunate to win the game.

"Whilst we created a few chances in the first half, I didn't feel we were really at the races. Blackburn certainly had the better of it in the opening half.

"After half time I thought we were outstanding and that was largely down to Emile Heskey. He was superb.

"A lot of people raised their eyebrows as to why we brought Emile and Eidur in, but I think this afternoon they showed exactly what they are capable of.

"Emile not only impacted the team on the pitch, but his introduction lifted the entire stadium. He was a real outball for in the second half.

"We did tire a little bit with the personnel we have, but that is to be expected. The lads gave me everything.

"We shouldn't forget that our goalkeeper Andrew Lonergan was once again fantastic. He's made a couple of great saves in the first half. He's in a very good place right now.

"There was a multitude of chances throughout, and I can understand if Blackburn feel a little aggrieved to not have come away from the game with anything.

"I was very pleased with our attacking performance today. We weren't at our best defensively, but that said we had kept four clean sheets on the spin prior to today's game.

"At times we maybe caused one or two of our problems, but the character and resilience of the team right now is fantastic."

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