Neil Lennon - Point pleasing despite performance

Manager left happy with a point following draw against Wigan at the DW

Neil Lennon was left happy with a derby day point despite a scrappy performance during a 1-1 draw with Wigan at the DW Stadium.

Tom Walker’s deflected goal midway through the second half sent over 4,300 travelling fans into raptures.

But sub Martyn Waghorn netted deep into stoppage time to claim a share of the spoils for the hosts.

“With our recent away form and Wigan’s home form, people will say that a draw was always on the cards,” Lennon said after the game.

“Whilst I’m very happy with the point, I’m not so pleased with our performance.

“Wigan definitely deserved something out of the game, and you can see that they are scrapping for their lives at the moment.

“Away from home you have to rely on your goalkeeper to play well, and Ben Amos certainly did that this afternoon. Saying that, he had a little bit too much to do for my liking.

“I also thought Emile Heskey had a very good game. You can see he used every bit of his experience and played a crucial role for us.

“Aside from those two and our younger players, too many were off-colour today.

“We got a slice of luck with the goal, no doubting that. Our performances have deserved more away from home recently, so we feel we were certainly due that bit of luck.

“Once again, we’ve conceded a late goal. It’s happening far too often. If we hadn’t conceded so many at late stages of games we’d have been home and hosed by now.

“We feel Tim Ream was pushing in the lead up to their goal, but we can have no complaints as it was the least Wigan deserved.

“That said, we’ve stopped the rot away from home. We now probably just need a couple more wins to cement our place in this division for next season. That’s pleasing considering where we were when we came through the door.

“Our fans were once again superb throughout. They’ve not had much to shout about in recent weeks, but they’ve been right behind us since the day we came through the door.”

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