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Mixed emotions for manager after Sheffield Wednesday defeat

13 January 2016

Neil Lennon left both frustrated and encouraged by Bolton’s performance at Hillsborough

Neil Lennon says he has mixed emotions following Bolton’s 3-2 defeat away at Sheffield Wednesday.

Bolton twice battle back from a goal down to draw level but were ultimately beaten, with Gary Hooper scoring the decisive goal on what was a bitterly cold night at Hillsborough.

But despite defeat, the manager saw encouraging signs and has now challenged his players to perform in the same manner on a consistent basis.

“We played very well and for me the better team lost on the night,” Lennon said in his post-match press conference.

“We had three or four great chances when the game was at 2-2 to go ahead and take the lead. Our reaction to going a goal down twice was also very good.

“For me, that’s the best we’ve played away from home for a long time. What we need now is a consistency in our games going forward.

“We were playing a quality side who have invested a lot of money in their squad. I obviously know Gary Hooper very well and he got two goals tonight. He was pretty much the difference tonight.

“But there were some outstanding performances from our players. I thought Gary Madine, Liam Trotter, Wellington Silva and Darren Pratley were all superb. There is plenty of encouragement there going forward.

“It was a cracking game of football in what are difficult circumstances for everyone associated with the club.”

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