Manager pleased with pre-season progress

Neil Lennon happy with what he is seeing from his side, after 1-1 friendly draw at Scunthorpe

After the 1-1 draw with Scunthorpe on Friday evening, Neil Lennon says he is happy with his side’s progress throughout the course of pre-season.

Josh Vela opened the scoring with a well-worked Bolton goal at Glanford Park, only for the hosts to draw level after half time from the penalty spot.

But with the new Sky Bet championship season rapidly approaching, the manager was happy with the progress his side has made to date.

“I thought we did very well,” he told “We were the better side and things are progressing nicely.

“We scored the goal early and created some very good chances in both halves. We’re looking strong and had we had that little bit more care in the final third we’d have won the game comfortably.

“We’re making sure we don’t overload the players, but that they get enough game time as we go along.

“We’re creating good chances, and that is pleasing. We’re playing at a good tempo and the players are starting to get the benefit of the hard work they’ve put in. We tired a little bit towards the end, but that’s to be expected at this stage.

“I asked the players for back to back performances and they’ve delivered. A lot of good things came through Gary Madine, whilst Rob Hall also had a fine game.”

Darren Pratley, Mark Davies, David Wheater, Zach Clough, Tom Walker were amongst those who missed the game, but the manager moved to allay any serious injury concerns.

“We don’t have anything to be overly worried about,” he added. “They’re all just little niggles and they should be there or there abouts come next week.”

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