Post-Match: Lennon on Bolton's Defeat to Liverpool

  • February 04, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Neil Lennon cited missed opportunities and a lack of concentration for his side's FA Cup exit, after they were cruely beaten 2-1 by Liverpool.

After holding last season's Premier League runners up to a goalless draw 10 days ago, Wanderers took a 1-0 lead into the final four minutes at Macron Stadium after Eidur Gudjohnsen fired home from the penalty spot just before the hour.

Neil Danns was dismissed for a second bookable offence midway through the second half, before late strikes from Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho secured a fifth-round tie against Crystal Palace for Brendan Rodgers' men.

Speaking after the game, Lennon admitted he was delighted with the performance and attitude of his players, but conceded they faced too much of an uphill task after dropping down to ten men.

"We were excellent," Lennon told the club's official website. "I know what I've got in the dressing room - I've got a fantastic group of players who are giving me everything and they gave me everything again tonight.

"We had to defend for our lives because we were down to ten men. Against a team like Liverpool who can pass and move, then you have to defend.

"But when you come up against a team like Liverpool, then it is a step up in class and you have to concentrate for 95 minutes.

"We could have comfortably been 2-0 up if Eidur (Gudjohnsen) scores the header. Tie over. Then the sending off changes the game.

"There is a deflection on the second goal but it is a great hit but the first goal certainly could be avoided though. We got caught ball-watching.

"That to me is really disappointing from our point of view because we had been perfect defensively for the first game at Anfield and today as well.

"The boys are very disappointed but we have to move on. Hopefully some of the younger players in particular will learn from tonight.

"Tonight is gone, we can't get it back. We have a big game against Derby at the weekend coming up. The Championship is now our focus and priority."

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