Post-Match: Lennon on Bolton's Defeat to Burnley

  • February 27, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon says his team have no chance of survival if they continue to make individual mistakes, after Bolton were beaten 2-1 by Burnley.

Wanderers took the lead with 69 minutes played at Macron Stadium, as Liam Feeney tapped home from close range, but Andre Gray netted twice inside the final 16 minutes as the Clarets came from behind to claim three points that moves them to the top of the Championship table.

Speaking after the game, Lennon described the performance of his players as 'excellent', but once again pointed to a mistake that has cost his side at a vital time.

"I thought we were superb but it's individual mistakes that, as a manager, I can't legislate for because the team played well," Lennon told BBC Radio Manchester.

"Even if we'd got a point I'd have been disappointed because we were the better team for long periods of the game, but it's just madness and is happening week in, week out.

"I don't know what to do to change that because we're comfortable in possession one second, then the next thing the ball is in the back of our net which is just not good enough, but I can't fault the players today because I thought they were excellent.

"If we keep doing what we're going, we're going to go down. If we keep making individual mistakes that are costing us goals, then what do we expect? I expect better from some players.

"The game was good, the atmosphere was terrific and the players responded to it, and I thought we were good value.

"When we scored, we deserved the lead. They got the goal, which they got a bit of luck with the second finish, but then there was nothing else in the game. Tom Heaton has made a brilliant save at the end, but it should never have got to the stage where we had to chase the game.

"We've got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot. It's gutting because we felt so comfortable in the game for long periods.

"Teams can score at any given time. With the quality that a team like Burnley have, that can happen, but it's the manner of the winner that's unnecessary. At 1-1 the game is still in the balance and to lose the game, I'm really upset about it."

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