Post-Match: Lennon on Bolton's Defeat to Norwich City

  • April 11, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon was pleased with Bolton's performance, but was once again left bemoaning a late goal as they were beaten 2-1 by Norwich City.

The Canaries took a ninth minute lead at Macron Stadium, as a deflected free-kick from Graham Dorrans put the Championship title contenders ahead, but Wanderers levelled shortly afterwards when Adam Le Fondre tapped home a pin-point cross from Tom Walker.

Norwich won the game in the third minute of stoppage time, however, as Gary Hooper raced clear of the Trotters defence before looping the ball up and over Adam Bogdan to seal the three points for the visitors.

Speaking after the game, Lennon believes Bolton are close to becoming one of the division's top teams but admits they will get nowhere if they continue to concede late goals on a regular basis.

"We pushed Norwich very close today," Lennon told the club's official website.

"I thought we were the better team in the second half. Yes, we lacked a bit of quality in the final third, but in terms of possession and play we were good.

"We are disappointed with the manner of the first goal. A player in our wall turns their back and the deflection then wrong-foots our goalkeeper.

"After their opening goal we looked a little bit spooked, but we held on and then scored a wonderful equaliser. It was a great ball in from the left and a superb finish from Adam.

"We brought on a few fresh legs in the second half and, to tell the truth, I didn't think either side really looked like scoring.

"We looked pretty comfortable, but the way we are conceding goals late in games is alarming. We shouldn't be leaving a striker of Gary Hooper's quality in space at any time, let alone in the last few seconds of a game.

"It was not as if Norwich cut us open with a brilliant bit of football. It was a long diagonal ball forward that we failed to deal with. That isn't good enough from our point of view.

"Overall, were we pleased with the performance? Yes, we were, but we can take absolutely no consolation for pushing Norwich close.

"We're nearly there, which makes it all the more frustrating. We're not far away from being a very good team at this level.

"At home we've done very well. We've lost to Watford and now Norwich, two teams going for promotion."

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