Post-Match: Lennon on Bolton's Defeat at Huddersfield

  • December 28, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon was left rueing refereeing decisions, after Bolton's eight-match unbeaten run came to an end with a 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield Town.

Wanderers took the lead inside 60 seconds at the John Smith's Stadium, as Darren Pratley volleyed home his third goal in as many games, but the Terriers turned the game around courtesy of goals in each half from Jacob Butterfield and Nahki Wells.

Emile Heskey had the ball in the Huddersfield net with the game level at 1-1 and, speaking after the game, Lennon criticised the decision to disallow the goal, as well as the referee's failure to spot an apparent handball in the build-up to Town's winner.

"We come away from the game feeling a little aggrieved," Lennon told the club's official website. "We've seen the footage back and we feel Emile Heskey is onside when he scores when the game was level.

"It was a pivotal moment in the game and we feel that the decision changed the psychology of the game somewhat.

"Then, for their winning goal, we feel there was a clear handball in the build-up. The referee has waved play on and in the end we've ended up losing the game.

"We had been on a great run of late, and what we now have to do is pick ourselves up and look to do exactly that again.

"We got off to a great start with a world class goal from Darren Pratley, who is playing very well.

"To be fair to Huddersfield they came straight back at us and pressed us deep in our half.

"Whilst we were under a bit of pressure, I still felt that we looked dangerous on the break in the first half and we had a great chance when Eidur Gudjohnsen goes through on goal.

"After half time I felt we dominated for large parts without ever really threatening the Huddersfield goal.

"At 1-1 you just never know what might happen and unfortunately the big decisions went against us today.

"We're a little bit deflated right now, but these things happen in football. Our fans were fantastic today and we now look to go again back at the Macron against Wigan."

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Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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