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

  • January 03, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Neil Lennon lavished praise on Zach Clough, whose debut goal gave Bolton a 1-0 victory over Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup.

Clough, who has progressed through the academy ranks at Macron Stadium, sealed Wanderers' passage into the fourth round for a sixth successive year after chipping the ball over former Trotters goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi with 14 minutes left to play.

Speaking after the game, Lennon admitted he left it late to inform the youngster of his starting role and he believes the 19-year-old contributed towards the best attacking display of the manager's brief tenture in charge so far.

"It was a debut to dream of," Lennon told the club's official website. "He's been progressing very well in training of late and we have a lot of confidence in him.

"We didn't tell him he was playing until an hour before kick-off because we didn't want him thinking too much about the whole situation.

"I feel we could have been four or five up by half-time. We created a hatful of chances and I don't think anyone could begrudge us of victory today.

"Attacking-wise, I feel it is the best we've been since we've come through the door. I'm a very happy manager today.

"The football was excellent and when you're creating chances like we were you're always going to be happy. The only critical thing I could say about us today was that we didn't put many of our chances away.

"We have two one-on-ones in the first-half, Wheats (David Wheater) has headed wide from a corner and in the second half Zach was unlucky with a deflected shot.

"I felt we looked dangerous going forward on every occasion. It worked for us today.

"I'd also like to give special praise to Liam Trotter, who I thought was outstanding today. He's showing why the club strived to bring him here.

"We were looking for a reaction following the defeat last week and we got exactly that. That's six wins and a draw in seven home games now.

"We're also delighted for the fans. Our support has been outstanding in recent weeks and we were disappointed not to be able to send the fans home happy at Huddersfield.

"We had another really good crowd today and they are responding to what we're trying to do. I can't thank them enough right now.

"It's an important win for us and we now have a fourth round draw to look forward to."


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