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Neil Lennon - Important to build on recent form

21 November 2014

Manager speaks ahead of the weekend's trip to Bloomfield Road

Neil Lennon called for his Bolton side to pick up where they left off prior to the international break when Wanderers make the short trip to Bloomfield Road this weekend.

The Whites enter the clash off the back of wins against Cardiff City and Wigan Athletic in quick succession – victories which lifted Lennon’s side out of the Championship bottom three in the process.

Set to come up against the bottom of the table Seasiders on Saturday afternoon however, the manager has stressed the importance of avoiding complacency following late good fortunes for his team.

“It’s going to be a difficult game – we have to be careful with this one and not let ourselves get carried away,” said Lennon in his pre-match press conference.

“Blackpool haven’t had the best of times, but they’ve got a good manager in there who will stabilise them and get them playing. I think Lee Clark was a good appointment for them.

“Sometimes it is good to have a little break, and the players have come in refreshed and hungry to play again which is a good sign.”

He continued: “Momentum is very important and we had that going into the break – whether we can continue that remains to be seen, but I’m liking what I’m seeing.

“The Wigan win seems a long time ago now, but we’re solely focused on Blackpool. The body language of the players is good and the confidence that they’re training and playing with is good to see too.

“We’ll see how we go on against Blackpool, but I have great faith in this squad.”

With Clark’s side currently ten points adrift of Wanderers who currently reside in 21st place in the Sky Bet Championship standings, Lennon believes that their opponents' current position will be irrelevant come kick-off this weekend.

“I think they are dangerous,” he explained. “They’ve beaten Cardiff at Bloomfield Road so they’re capable of beating anyone. 

“They could be a team that puts a run of results together as they have a management team who know the Championship very well.

“It can all change very quickly, but we’re happy with what we’re seeing from our players at the moment – they’re working hard to improve and we need to improve, to get better. 

“Everything we’ve asked of, they have done so we’re very happy with that.”

Watch the manager's full pre-match press conference by clicking on the video below.


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