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Neil Lennon - We've laid down a marker

7 November 2014

Manager now keen for his side to push on following international break

Neil Lennon says his side have laid down a marker following victory over neighbours Wigan Athletic in front of the television cameras at Macron Stadium.

The Trotters turned in a convincing second half performance, with Max Clayton, Craig Davies and Lee Chung-Yong all netting in the space of 11 minutes.

Callum McManaman scored a late consolation for the visitors.

“The way we’re playing now is obviously very pleasing from my point of view,” the manager said after the game.

“To pick up consecutive wins is great – it just shows you what a bit of momentum can do. We now find ourselves out of the bottom and looking up the league table.

“I feel like we’ve put a bit of a marker down in the last week. Our performances show that we can certainly play and compete at this level very well.

“I didn’t feel we actually started the game too well. We were a little hesitant on the ball, then we had a good spell for 20 or so minutes when we started getting Danns, Mark Davies and Chungy involved.

“We had a bit of a mad minute at the end of the first half where we shot ourselves in the foot. Wigan almost capitalised on it, but we held out.

“We got them in at half time after Wigan had had a real go and we tried to emphasise the importance of getting Max and Liam on the ball in the wide areas.

“The players were almost trying too hard and forcing things in the first half.

“The first goal was crucial and we got it. I don’t how Chungy sees the pass to Max - I don’t think anyone else in the stadium saw it. It was a great finish from Max too.

“I thought Max was a threat all night. His movement was fantastic and he caused all kinds of problems getting in behind the defence.

“The second goal for me was the goal of the night. It was a great move and it was pleasing to see Craig get on the scoresheet for all the work he puts in for the team.

“We’ve set a benchmark now and people are now starting to talk about Bolton for the first time in a while.

“We’re out of the bottom three - that’s the first part of the job done. We now have to push on.”

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