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Neil Lennon - Second half performance key in Huddersfield win

29 November 2014

Manager also reserves special praise for goalkeeper Andrew Lonergan for key save just after half time

Neil Lennon was delighted with his side’s second-half performance against Huddersfield Town that ultimately yielding a fourth consecutive home victory.

With the scores level at the interval, Andrew Lonergan superbly denied ex-Bolton loanee Jacob Butterfield shortly after the restart.

And on 67 minutes Craig Davies converted Liam Feeney’s cross to secure victory.

“We’re delighted with the result – it’s a big win for us,” the manager said after the match.

“It was a difficult game and a bit of a slog at times. For large periods it seemed as if the game could have gone either way.

“I always felt that the first goal was going to be crucial and once we got it I felt we were really good. Prior to that though, we had to rely on our goalkeeper to make a couple of really good saves.

“Andrew Lonergan has kept us in it with the save just after half time. It was a crucial point in the match. It caps a very good week for him – he was outstanding today and he is also celebrating the birth of a baby girl.

“We were okay in the first half and improved after the interval. Going forward, I’d like to see us start games a little bit better than we have in recent weeks.

“We improved after the goal went in and it looked as if we could have gone on and got a second. I’m delighted with that.

“We’re in a confident mood right now and we’re slowly moving up the league table. Our immediate priority has always been to climb away from the foot of the division.

“Our form has been very good of late and that is of course pleasing.”

The manager also took time to speak about striker Davies, who he believes significantly upped his game after the half time interval.

Lennon added: “I thought Craig was a little sloppy in the first half and I told him that at half time. 

“He then came out and looked really lively. He has shown how much of a handful he can be in recent weeks and is now a very important player for us.

“Craig gets through a mountain of work and for him to be in the right place at the right time to score the winner is something that he deserves.”

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