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

  • January 27, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon expressed his disappointment at Bolton's performance against Rotherham United, after losing 4-2 to the Millers at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Goals inside the opening 45 minutes from Ben Pringle, Conor Sammon and Paul Green sent the hosts in 3-0 up at the break, before Matt Derbyshire added a fourth 12 minutes after the restart. Wanderers threatened a comeback through late goals from Liam Trotter and Matt Mills, but Steve Evans' side held out to claim a deserved victory.

Speaking after the game, Lennon admitted Bolton's weekend exploits at Anfield contributed to his team's poor display, but he also pointed to a vital moment at 2-0 when the visitors were denied a penalty for what appeared to be a foul on Josh Vela.

"The exertions of Saturday's FA Cup tie certainly caught up with us a bit this evening," Lennon told the club's official website.

"We looked very leggy out there tonight and were lacking any real energy and urgency which is understandable.

"We weren't helped by a very poor refereeing decision. I think everyone in the ground saw it was a penalty when Josh is tripped when the game is at 2-0.

"That decision seemed to change the course of the game. The decision goes against us, they go up the other end and score right before half time.

"Maybe we could have freshened things up a little bit more, but you're always mindful of making too many changes.

"We can't start games as poorly as we did tonight. Rotherham probably couldn't have played us at a better time. We've had very little time to prepare for this game.

"There are some players who are giving me everything at this moment in time, they're just running on empty.

"We're always disappointed when you concede goals. It was a very poor start for us and Rotherham came at us with a lot of energy and freshness about their play.

"We never really got going and the manner in which we conceded the goals early on was disappointing from our point of view.

"We do feel the penalty decision changes the course of the game. If that goes our way, we feel we're in with a real shout going into half time.

"That moment changed the phychology of the game.

"I was pleased with the way the players battled in the second half, but unfortunately it was too little too late for us.

"We now definitely need to get some bodies in. We're hoping to do some business this week because our injury list is getting bigger by the day."

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