Post-Match: Lennon on Bolton's Draw With QPR

  • February 20, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon admits Bolton need to be more professional and see out games, after conceding a stoppage-time goal in a 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers.

After a goalless first half at Macron Stadium, Wanderers took the lead midway through the second period courtesy of an outstanding 25-yard strike from Zach Clough. But the visitors equalised in the third minute of added time, as a seemingly harmless drive from Matt Phillips squirmed under the body of Ben Amos.

Speaking after the game, Lennon expressed his delight at several individual performances and described the game as 'two points dropped' after looking set for a third home league win in-a-row.

"We were very good today and I didn't see their goal coming at all," Lennon told BBC Radio Manchester.

"At 1-0 anything can happen, but we were very comfortable, had played very well and it's two points dropped.

"We've gained a point on the teams around us, but three points would have been that little bit more palatable. Especially with the way we played - we got the goal and had good chances in the first half to put the game beyond QPR.

"We were the dominant team throughout the game and should have won the game.

"It feels like a defeat, with the manner of the goal. It shouldn't get to the point where he has a shot, but then Ben should save it so we've got to look at ourselves there.

"Again, there's no danger and sometimes we need to take a foul every now and again just to stop the flow of the game. We've got to be more professional and see the game out better.

"We're playing well. We've got a hard game on Tuesday and a tough game at the weekend, but they're all tough. We probably don't score enough goals when we're in the ascendancy but we've got to keep our form going and we don't look like a team that are languishing at the bottom of the league.

"Darren Pratley was outstanding and I thought Liam Feeney had a great game. Rob Holding again - I think he is a special player. Jay Spearing had a very good game, so there are a lot of positives to come out of that and I'm really pleased.

"Zach Clough's goal was magnificent and a contender for Goal of the Season. He could have had another one with a bicycle-kick and he was unlucky with a header.

"He makes us better. He's struggling to reach full fitness and he had to come off with cramp, but he's a special player and that was a special goal."

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