Neil Lennon - Game could have gone either way

Manager feels his side created the better chances from open play against Reading

Whilst happy to see his Bolton Wanderers side extend their unbeaten run to five, Neil Lennon believes on another day his side could have come away from Reading from three points.

The Trotters were held to a goalless draw at the Madejski Stadium, with Tim Ream, Darren Pratley and Max Clayton all coming close to breaking the deadlock.

Reading did threaten on occasions, particularly from set pieces, but in the end the game would end in a stalemate.

“I thought we did okay in the first half without ever really working the Reading goalkeeper,” the manager said after the game.

“In open play, particularly in the second half, we created by far the better chances and on another day I feel we could have won the game.

“Reading were a threat at set pieces and created some really good chances from knock downs in the area, but in general play I felt we were better.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t score today. It’s the first game since we’ve come in that we’ve failed to find the back of the net.

“Overall, I’m satisfied without being ecstatic with a point.

“It’s obviously important to keep the unbeaten run going, but let’s not get carried away. We’re five games without defeat – if we we’re to get into double figures that’s when we can start patting ourselves on the back.

“There are no easy games in this division and slowly but surely we’re working our way up the table.

“What we are lacking at the moment is a bit of quality in the final third, but our build up play is very good.

“Our goalkeeper is also in fine form, and with our back four and two midfielders we have a very good platform on which we can build. We just need that end product to cap off our good play.

“Craig Davies is a bit of a worry for us right now. He came off with a bit of a hamstring complaint. We’ll assess him over the next couple of days and see where he is.”

Despite travelling with the side to Berkshire, Eidur Gudjohnsen was forced to watch the game from the sidelines.

Lennon added: “We’re still waiting on clearance for Eidur. I’m told these things can take five hours or five days, so it’s one of those. We hope to have him involved next weekend.”
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