Post-Match: Lennon on Bolton's Draw With Brighton

  • September 26, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon thought a point was the least Bolton deserved, after coming from two goals down to draw 2-2 with ten-man Brighton & Hove Albion.

Albion were two-up inside 35 minutes at Macron Stadium, courtesy of strikes from Dale Stephens and Jamie Murphy, but a Neil Danns reply reduced the deficit going into the break.

Murphy was shown a straight red card for a lunge on Danns after the restart, before Gary Madine equalised with his first Bolton goal in stoppage time to claim what had earlier looked an unlikely point for the hosts.

Speaking after the game, Lennon admitted he found it tough to believe his side were two goals down after their initial bright start, but praised their ability to bounce back from the shock by claiming a late draw with the early Championship leaders.

"We showed great character, which is exactly what was missing last week," Lennon told the club's official website.

"After 35 minutes we find ourselves two goals down and you're left scratching your head wondering how.

"I thought we were actually playing quite well early on. We created a couple of good chances and their goalkeeper made some fine saves. There was a good flow to us.

"Their first goal has come from an incident where nine times out of ten we would clear our lines. After that, I felt we lost our composure a little bit and started chasing the game and we got punished for it.

"However, the reaction after going two down was superb and in the end we got what we deserved.

"Gary Madine played really well and if anybody has deserved a goal it's him. He's been knocking on the door for weeks now and that's what he is capable of.

"He got up brilliantly and has planted a fantastic header in the far corner. You could see what it meant to him.

"It was also great to see Max Clayton back on the pitch. We needed to get something out of the game so we decided to go with him from the off.

"I thought he looked lively and it was a very good performance considering he hasn't played for nine months.

"David Wheater came in and had a good game whilst Francesco Pisano also looked pretty solid."

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