Neil’s not im­pressed by weak Wan­der­ers

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Steven Chicken

NEIL Len­non has called on his Bolton play­ers to be both phys­i­cally and men­tally stronger if they are to over­turn their poor start to the sea­son.

Wan­der­ers have won just six of their 30 league games in 2015 and one in eight this cam­paign, and were un­done by a ter­ri­ble sec­ond-half per­for­mance af­ter tak­ing a third-minute lead.

The im­pres­sive Emyr Huws scored two while Mustapha Carayol and Joel Lynch put the ic­ing on the cake for Hud­der­s­field.

Len­non said: “I’m dis­ap­pointed to say the least. We played pretty well first half but were too pas­sive in the sec­ond half.

“We’ve felt for a while that we’ve been a lit­tle bit light­weight and that re­ally showed up.

“I can’t keep re­ly­ing on our de­fence to keep teams out: we have to do bet­ter in the fi­nal third as well.

“Once the sec­ond goal goes in, the psy­chol­ogy of the game changed, and we didn’t han­dle it any­where near well enough.

“We didn’t ride out any sort of pres­sure and the goals were far too easy for my lik­ing.”

Bolton dis­played all their best football in the first 180 sec­onds as Liam Feeney gave them the lead off Welling­ton Silva’s pass.

Huws put the Ter­ri­ers level on the stroke of half­time, find­ing the bot­tom cor­ner at the end of a well-worked cor­ner rou­tine.

Carayol, who like Huws was mak­ing his full home de­but for Town, struck from 20 yards to set the tone early in the sec­ond half.

The Mid­dles­brough loa­nee then turned cre­ator on 74 min­utes, beat­ing right back Lawrie Wil­son and cross­ing for Huws to con­vert his third goal in two starts.

Wil­son was em­bar­rassed again nine min­utes later as Hud­der­s­field de­fender Lynch dis­pos­sessed him in­side the Trot­ters box be­fore ri­fling past Ben Amos.

Derik Osede’s dis­missal for a sec­ond yel­low in the 89th minute wrapped up a bad day for Bolton but the re­sult made it two vic­to­ries in a row for a Hud­der­s­field side that didn’t win any of their first six. And man­ager Chris Pow­ell said: “I gave them a good old-fash­ioned half-time man­ager’s rant, which they needed.

“We didn’t play with tempo and had a poor start.

“They’d got them­selves go­ing a lit­tle bit but not enough for me or our fans.

“I was pleased with the set play goal – we’ve worked on that – but it didn’t change my mind set for what I was go­ing to do at half-time.

“The re­sponse from ev­ery sin­gle player who went out or came on in the sec­ond half was ab­so­lutely mag­nif­i­cent.”



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