Tier­ney is the tar­get for Neil’s out­burst

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Josh Mor­ris

A SEETHING Neil Len­non pointed the fin­ger squarely at ref­eree Paul Tier­ney af­ter his side’s drab draw at Black­burn.

In a fiery north-west derby, Bolton were twice de­nied penal­ties in the first half when both Zach Clough and Mark Davies ap­peared to be tripped in­side the box – by Shane Duffy and Craig Con­way re­spec­tively – from the same at­tack.

Tommy Spurr and Emile Heskey both had chances cleared off the line in the lat­ter stages, but those were the only at­tempts on tar­get in a lack­lus­tre af­fair.

Both sides re­main win­less so far this sea­son, and to add in­sult to in­jury Len­non now has to con­tend with a ban for Do­rian Dervite af­ter he was sent off in time added on for a sec­ond book­able of­fence.

And while hold­ing Tier­ney re­spon­si­ble for the re­sult, Len­non also was ru­ing Heskey’s miss late on as he some­how squan­dered what would have been his 14th goal against the East Lan­cashire club.

“I thought the ref­eree was ap­palling,” he said. “There is con­tact in the back of Clough and he’s gone down. Then Davies has gone into the box and Con­way’s dan­gled leg has taken him down.

“Nine times out of ten it’s a penalty, but we weren’t go­ing to get any­thing from him. His per­for­mance was a con­stant source of frus­tra­tion.

“There was one stage where he ac­tu­ally did give a free-kick but we didn’t want it be­cause we were break­ing four against three.

“Dervite’s send­ing off was stupid and I’ve told him that. Modou Bar­row was go­ing away from goal, he’s on the touch­line. He doesn’t need to make the chal­lenge.

“Emile’s had a great chance. He’d only been on the pitch five min­utes. Maybe that was the rea­son why we drew the game.”

Mean­while the re­sult does noth­ing for Black­burn boss Gary Bowyer, af­ter Rovers had to deny re­ports last week­end that claimed he had been sacked.

Jor­dan Rhodes twice headed wide in the first half, while Ben­gal­iFode Koita’s late fin­ish was chalked off for off­side, but Bowyer de­fended his side’s ef­fort.

He said:“We cre­ated sev­eral great op­por­tu­ni­ties, the first half es­pe­cially, we just needed a lit­tle bit more care in that fi­nal third.

“You saw the ef­fort and com­mit­ment from the play­ers, a tremen­dous hon­esty from them.We’ve got to keep work­ing away and it will drop for us. Then we’ll be up and run­ning.

“I also thought the fans were ter­rific with their en­cour­age­ment, they never stopped.

“If the ef­fort or the com­mit­ment wasn’t there it would be plain to see, but you can’t ar­gue against that.

“The chances are still com­ing and that is the most im­por­tant thing.”

STAR MAN TOMMY SPURR Blackb

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