Post-Match: Lennon on Bolton's Defeat at Burnley

  • October 17, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon believes Bolton are performing better than their current league position suggests and is of the opinion that high-flying Burnley were fortunate to beat his side.

A brace of second-half goals from Clarets forward Andre Gray consigned Wanderers to defeat in Lennon's 50th game in charge on Saturday, as the Trotters boss marked the milestone by seeing his club drop to the foot of the Championship table.

Speaking after the game, Lennon expressed his opinion that a multi-million pound forward was the only major difference between the teams, but has set his players the target of responding with back-to-back home games over the course of the next week.

"I thought we played well," Lennon told the club's official website. "I didn't feel we were out of the game at any stage.

"For me, the difference was a £7million striker in Andre Gray. He scored the two goals.

"I thought we were the better team in the first half. I didn't think we played like a team that are bottom of the league.

"Over the piece I thought our two full-backs played very well, particularly Jose (Manuel) Casado on the left side.

"At 1-0 we created a very good chance from one of Jose's crosses and if that goes in then it completely changes the psychology of the game.

"We were playing very well when Jay Spearing suffered an injury. It didn't disrupt our formation, but we lost a very good player. If he'd have stayed on the pitch we may have got something out of the game.

"In terms of our performance, I can't go criticising the players. I know we're now bottom of the league, but what we now face is a real challenge to get ourselves into a respectable position.

"It goes without saying, I don't like being down there because it's not something I’m used to.

"We've got two home games coming up. If we're able to register a couple of wins that can soon change the entire landscape and really lift the mood. That has to be the target."

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
14 Charlton Athletic 21 26
15 Cambridge United 21 26
16 Bolton Wanderers 21 26
17 AFC Wimbledon 19 24
18 Lincoln City 20 21
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