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In his own words: Neil Lennon post-Burnley

27 February 2016

Post-game quotes from the manager following Bolton's home defeat against Burnley

Neil Lennon spoke to the media following Bolton Wanderers’ 2-1 defeat against Burnley at Macron Stadium.

In a competitive Lancashire derby, Liam Feeney opened the scoring midway through the second half.

But Andre Gray’s late brace turned the game on its head and ultimately secured all three points for the visits.

Below are all the key points covered in the manager’s post-match press conference.

On the team’s performance…
I can’t be critical of the team because I thought that they were excellent today. It’s a collective effort and I feel for them today because they didn’t deserve to be on the losing side. We’re not far away from being a decent team, but at times we just lack a little bit of quality in certain areas.

On the result…
We feel that an individual mistake has cost us once again. I would have been disappointed with a draw, never mind losing the game. It’s tough to take at the moment. Every defeat hurts.

On the opening Bolton goal…
I’ve been saying for some time that we have to capitalise when we are in the ascendancy. We did that today.

On Burnley’s goals…
We knew that they had quality in the final third and that they could score at any time. When they equalised the game was still there for us at 1-1. Andre Gray got a bit of luck after a superb save from Paul Rachubka. Even if we had taken a point then so be it, but it is the manner of their second goal which is disappointing. We lost the ball in a bad area under no pressure and we’ve been punished.

On Liam Feeney’s performance…
I thought he was great. It we had more players like him we’d certainly be a lot higher up the league table. He does come in for a bit of stick now and again, but he gives it his all every week and always has the highest individual stats after games. He’s rarely injured, applies himself well in training and is a model professional. He can be pleased with his contribution.

On the central defensive pairing of Rob Holding and Derik Osede…
We knew going into the game that we would be a little bit lightweight in that area. In Holding we’ve got a very good player and Derik will continue to improve. It is his first season in English football and he is beginning to look more and more like himself. 

On the atmosphere inside Macron Stadium…
I thought it was brilliant during what was a great game typical of this division. We were on the frontfoot and had a real go - I think that the fans appreciated that.

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