Post-Match: Lennon on Bolton's Defeat at Derby County

  • February 07, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon criticised Bolton's 'lacklustre' performance, saying they 'committed suicide' in their 4-1 defeat at Derby County.

Tom Ince and Jeff Hendrick were both on the scoresheet in each half at the iPro Stadium, as the Rams ran out comfortable winners against a Wanderers side who were narrowly beaten at home by Liverpool just three days earlier.

Filip Twardzik was the consolation goalscorer for the visitors, but, speaking after the game, Lennon expressed his disgust at his team's performance and admitted he wouldn't stand for a repeat in what is going to be a difficult month of fixtures.

"We were poor," Lennon told the club's official website. "For the first 40 minutes we did okay. We then went behind to a wonder free kick from Tom Ince and after that we didn't react well enough.

"We've committed suicide with the second and third goals and when you do that against a quality side like Derby they will punish you.

"We lost (Liam) Trotter and (David) Wheater to injury at half time and we looked a little bit lightweight in the second half.

"Even at 2-0 you think we have a chance, but the third goal is the killer and overall I’m not happy with the level of our performance at all.

"People will say there is a knock on from the game against Liverpool midweek, but we should have learned from the first time we played them and then went and got well beaten at Rotherham.

"There are few positives we’re able to take away from today. Twardzik scored on his debut and looked neat and today and (Barry) Bannan did okay.

"But on the whole we weren't good enough. We can't keep making excuses.

"We had a lot of younger lads out there today, so we maybe need to look at getting some more of the experienced lads back in the squad.

"We'll have Neil Danns available for Tuesday night, and hopefully in the coming weeks we’ll have a bit of help for Adam (Le Fondre) up top with the return of Craig Davies and (Emile) Heskey."

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