Post-Match: Lennon on Bolton's Defeat to Leeds United

  • January 30, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon criticised a lack of leadership and admitted his players would watch Sunday's FA Cup fifth-round draw with regret, after losing 2-1 at home to Leeds United.

A poor first-half display from Bolton ultimately cost them a place in the last 16 of the competition, after goals from Souleymane Doukara and Toumani Diagouraga put the away side in a commanding position at the break.

Darren Pratley pulled one back for Wanderers with 10 minutes to play but, despite a late attempt from Gary Madine clipping the outside of the post, Lennon's side never looked likely to find themselves in the hat and were criticised after the game by their frustrated manager.

"We were way too passive in the first half," Lennon told the club's official website. "That wasn't the way we sent the team out to play.

"We conceded a sloppy first goal through a goalkeeping mistake. Ben Amos should have saved it and he has come in at half time and held his hands up.

"But our reaction to going a goal down wasn't good. You can't give teams a two-goal lead and expect to get back into the game.

"At times, particularly in the first half, it appeared as if there wasn't enough leadership. We stood off Leeds far too much.

"The second half was infinitely better and yes, we had a real go in the last 30 minutes, but by then we had given ourselves too much to do. In the end it was the first 45 minutes that were costly.

"When we got the goal it probably came a little bit too late for us, though that said we still had chances to get level.

"We were never going to win the FA Cup, but it would have been nice to have been in the draw. I said that to the players after the game, because I've no doubt they'll be watching the draw with regrets.

"I'm really disappointed because I felt the tie was there for us to win. But we have to now pick the players up and get ready for a big game at Wolves on Tuesday."

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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