Post-Match: Lennon on Bolton's Draw With Derby County

  • August 08, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon was delighted with his players' performance as Bolton drew 0-0 with Derby County and labelled Jay Spearing's dismissal as 'harsh'.

Wanderers opened the campaign with a goalless draw against the joint-favourites to automatic promotion, in a game which saw them strike the crossbar on three separate occasions before Spearing's dismissal for simulation late on.

Speaking after the game, Lennon heaped praise on a number of his players and believes they have set a standard to build upon going into a difficult run of fixtures.

"It was a cracking game," Lennon told the club's official website.

"I thought we were fantastic, against one of the favourites for promotion. I thought we were unfortunate not to win it, having hit the bar three times.

"Prior to the game a lot of people had us down as cannon fodder, but the players turned in a fantastic performance.

"The intensity with which we played was pleasing and we got better as the game went on. The introduction of Emile (Heskey) gave us an extra presence up top and we found a bit of a second wind.

"We decided to sacrifice a bit of creativity and go for some legs in midfield with the likes of (Darren) Pratley, (Neil) Danns and Spearing. We were a lot more resolute and we got what we wanted.

"I was delighted with the performance and for an opening game of the season I couldn't have asked for much more.

"Prince (Desir Gouano) has come in and only trained for one day - I thought he was superb and he will get better. (Gary) Madine was also outstanding and was unlucky not to score.

"I can understand the decision (red card) given where the referee was, but Jay had no reason to go down because he is in on his left foot.

"It looked like he just fell and he certainly wasn't appealing for a penalty. I thought it was a little bit harsh."

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