Post-Match: Lennon on Bolton's Draw at Wolves

  • February 02, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon labelled Bolton's performance as 'outstanding' after they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Trailing to strikes from Joe Mason and James Henry, Bolton appeared destined for defeat once again on the road but Wellington Silva set up a grandstand finish by heading home with nine minutes remaining, before substitute Stephen Dobbie equalised with a deflected free-kick in the closing stages.

Speaking after the game, Lennon admitted his team's performance didn't deserve to see them trail by a two-goal margin, but he praised the attitude of his players to spark a comeback and give themselves a huge shot of confidence ahead of a six-pointer against Rotherham United on Saturday.

"I thought it was an outstanding performance," Lennon told BBC Radio Manchester. "I thought we dominated the game for long periods.

"I couldn't believe we went 2-0 down with 10 minutes to go because there was only one team (in it). I don't think Ben (Amos) had a save to make until the second goal and we thoroughly deserved at least a point out of the game.

"I got everything I wanted out of the performance. I had Darren Pratley pull out with a problem with his back from Saturday and then Gary Madine had to pull out this morning with another back injury, so we were very lightweight and Kaiyne Woolery made his full debut.

"The football was great - the quality and chances we created - and we thoroughly deserved what we got so it gives us a huge boost going into Saturday.

"It was important with this game in hand that we picked something up. We've done that now and we need to follow that up with a win at the weekend. If we play as well as that and add that consistency, then we won't be far away.

"I was pleased with the way we played. We just need that extra bit of quality in the final third because our approach play was good.

"I thought they got a huge slice of luck with the first goal. The interception from Jay Spearing ran through to Bjorn Sigurdason, Ben Amos made a great save and the ball just fell to Mason.

"From then on I thought we controlled large parts of the game. We put some good balls into the box, particularly during a good 20-minute spell in the second half, but then you're thinking we didn't deserve the second goal.

"They showed a lot of character and fight, and they kept going. There was a real belief about them tonight so I'm very pleased."

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