Boss Len­non fumes at play­ers af­ter heavy loss

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lenge to slip in Kike, who calmly slot­ted be­tween the legs of Adam Bog­dan.

And be­fore the the half was out, his de­flected shot – turned onto the cross­bar by Bog­dan – was tapped home by the lurk­ing Kike.

“Diego is a qual­ity player,” said Karanka, who signed the 25-yearold on a sea­son-long loan from Wat­ford. “He is young but he is ex­pe­ri­enced. This en­vi­ron­ment is good for him and he has come here con­vinced he can help us.

“He can also im­prove him­self – I told him just this week that he needs to im­prove his num­bers be­cause he doesn’t score a lot of goals. He must have lis­tened!”

Kike re­mained at the hub of things, though home-grown hero Down­ing was also im­pe­ri­ous on the left, his first game at the River­side in six years a mas­ter­class in touch and tech­nique.

And while Bolton did im­prove in the sec­ond pe­riod, only luck kept the score down as Kike, Fab­brini, Ge­orge Friend and debu­tant David Nu­gent all missed easy chances.

Nu­gent ar­rived from Le­ices­ter on Fri­day for £4m, more than Bolton have spent in more than five years.

Len­non has promised fur­ther ar­rivals but, based on this dis­play, they will need to be of se­ri­ous qual­ity to avoid a brush with rel­e­ga­tion.

“We’ve sold Tim Ream and while that trans­fer fee maybe won’t be avail­able, it will free up some wages,” added Len­non. “We think we’re down the line with one or two and hope­fully that can be sorted by Mon­day.”

Karanka, mean­while, says his trans­fer busi­ness is done, with the pur­suit of Jor­dan Rhodes ‘def­i­nitely over’ in his own words.

And, af­ter this per­for­mance, who would ar­gue they need more fire­power?

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