Post-Match: Lennon on Bolton's Draw at Blackburn Rovers

  • August 28, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon praised the improving mentality of his Bolton players, but was critical of Dorian Dervite and match referee Paul Tierney after a 0-0 draw at Blackburn Rovers.

Wanderers failed to score for the seventh time in eight competitive games on Friday, as they picked up a point at Ewood Park, but Lennon believes the defensive attitude of his squad has picked up drastically from last season's struggle with conceding late goals.

Speaking after the game, Lennon reserved praise for certain elements of his team's outing, but believes they were denied a better opportunity of taking all three points, in part, by the performance of the referee.

"I thought we were good and withstood everything Blackburn threw at us," Lennon told the club's official website.

"We knew they would be dangerous from set-pieces and long throw-ins, but we stood up well to what they offered going forward.

"We looked the better team when we got the ball down and played and we should have scored. Emile should have put the ball in the net late on.

"There was only ever going to be one goal in it. It was tight and tense stuff.

"I did feel that we should have had a penalty in the first half when Mark Davies was clearly fouled in the area. I don't think the referee had a good game tonight.

"Even when Zach (Clough) went down, it could have easily have been a penalty. I don't think there was any reason for either of them to go down given where they were. Nine times out of ten we get a penalty.

"The sending off was stupid from Dorian, because (Modou) Barrow is going away from goal. He's been superb for me, but unfortunately now he'll miss a game through suspension.

"Overall, we're pleased to get a point away from home, but we need to start scoring more goals. We flashed a lot of balls across the face of goal, but didn't have anyone on the end to score.

"Last season we would have probably lost that game, so we look good at the back and the mentality has improved. What we must now do is be more dangerous in the final third."

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