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

  • March 05, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Neil Lennon says Bolton will continue in their quest to avoid relegation, but admits it is a 'big ask' after defeat at Leeds United left them 10 points adrift of safety.

Wanderers travelled to Elland Road searching for a first away win in 11 months, but left with nothing after goals in each half from Mirco Antenucci, his first since November, gave the hosts all three points and sent the Trotters back to the bottom of the Championship table.

Kaiyne Woolery netted a late consolation for Bolton but Lennon, who continues to be frustrated at the club's inability to bring in new players due to a transfer embargo, was almost resigned to relegation and says they now have 'nothing to lose'.

"We had all the play in the second half and scored a great goal with the one real outstanding bit of quality that we had," Lennon told BBC Radio Manchester. "Apart from that, in front of goal, we weren't clinical enough.

"It's disappointing to lose from a set-play just before half-time, as it's a soft goal. The second goal is a good finish but inbetween we had a lot of good chances to get an equaliser but it's been the story of our season.

"We have to score goals and I thought Leeds were there for the taking. It sums up our season.

"If you look at previous games, we've always been in them but we can't put the ball in the net. That's not a criticism of any individual because it's been collective.

"We lack composure in front of goal and the one thing we have missed this season is a regular goalscorer and that's been evidenced again today.

"We've got nothing to lose now. We try to let them play with freedom, but it's going to be a big ask now with 11 games to go and a 10 point gap.

"We'll keep trying to prevail as long as we can but it's days like this that knock the stuffing out of you because that's a game, again, where we could and should have come away with something."

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Pos Team Pld Pts
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8 Oxford United 46 76
9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
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