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

  • December 05, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon believes poor play at each end of the field cost Bolton dear, as they were beaten 3-2 by Cardiff City at Macron Stadium.

Wanderers twice came from behind as goals from Gary Madine and Dorian Dervite cancelled out strikes in each half from Tony Watt and Scott Malone. Stephen Dobbie missed a guilt-edged opportunity to put the hosts ahead with 12 minutes to play, just moments before Anthony Pilkington secured victory for the Bluebirds at the other end.

Speaking after the game, Lennon believes Bolton should have won for the first time since September, but pointed the finger at poor finishing and slack defending as his side remain four points adrift at the foot of the Championship table.

"I feel we should have won the game," Lennon told the club's official website. "We've missed a hatful of simple chances and we have to do better in the final third.

"The goals we gave away were far too simple for my liking, but in the end it feels like a game where we've snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

"I did feel we should have had a penalty in the second half when Liam Feeney was brought down in the area, but after speaking to the referee he didn't seem to think there was enough contact.

"There isn't a lack of effort or character right now, we just need that little bit of cutting edge in front of goal. There's no recipe to improve things. We just have to keep going and take the positives from the game.

"I thought that Darren Pratley and Neil Danns really drove the team forward in the midfield areas and Gary Madine has scored a great goal.

"We'll keep going. Regardless of what is going on off the pitch, that isn't affecting our performances. The players are solely focused on getting us out of this position. Whatever happens off the pitch will happen."

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