Post-Match: Lennon on Bolton's Win Over Rotherham

  • February 06, 2016 | By Chris Mann
  • URL Short URL:

Neil Lennon thought Bolton were second best against Rotherham United, but praised their ability to 'dig in and win ugly' after a 2-1 victory against the Millers.

Wanderers took the lead inside two minutes at Macron Stadium, with Jay Spearing firing home from the edge of the box. Wellington Silva later had a goal ruled out for offside, before Chris Burke brought the game level before the break with an equaliser.

That's how things looked set to end, with five minutes added for stoppages at the end of the game, until Kaiyne Woolery stepped off the bench to score his first senior goal and help move the Trotters off the bottom of the Championship table for the first time since November.

Speaking after the game, Lennon felt the performance was much more nervy than the midweek draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers, but praised his players for their attitude and determination to dig out a much-needed positive result.

"I didn't think it was a great performance today," Lennon told the club's official website. "I felt we played better on Tuesday at Wolves. That said, it is a massive win for us.

"We got off to a good start but then struggled. The other night at Wolves when we were two goals down and chasing the game the shackles were off and we played with a real freedom. The opposite happened today and there was a nervousness about us when we went a goal up.

"I did think that we had a perfectly legitimate goal disallowed when Welllington Silva put the ball in the net. That would have allowed us a bit more breathing space.

"It was tense all afternoon. After Rotherham's equaliser I felt they were the better side for much of the second half. We had to mix things up and thankfully that paid off.

"Kaiyne is very raw, but he gives us an out ball at times. We knew Emile Heskey wouldn't last the full 90 minutes and Kaiyne has come on and taken his chance.

"To dig in and win ugly is something we haven't done for a long time now. Psychologically, it'll give everyone a lift. We're in there fighting and the players are digging in for the cause right now.

"We know we've got a mountain of work ahead of us, but we could have been cast adrift a few weeks ago but now we're right back in it."

Football betting site Betway

Sky Bet League Two Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
18 Leyton Orient 6 5
19 Oldham Athletic 6 4
20 Bolton Wanderers 6 4
21 Scunthorpe United 6 4
22 Barrow AFC 6 3
View Full Standings >>


Who is Bolton's 2018/19 Player of the Year?
34.62% Gary O'Neil
19.38% David Wheater
18.92% Pawel Olkowski
9.27% Joe Williams
5.33% Jason Lowe
4.13% Sammy Ameobi
2.85% Josh Magennis
2.75% Mark Beevers
1.19% Jack Hobbs
1.01% Ben Alnwick
0.28% Andrew Taylor
0.28% Craig Noone