Lol­ley piles on the pres­sure for luck­less Len­non

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Jamie Bow­man

BOT­TOM of the ta­ble Bolton be­gan 2016 in fa­mil­iar fash­ion af­ter Hud­der­s­field Town left Lan­cashire with all three points fol­low­ing an en­ter­tain­ing Roses clash at the Macron Sta­dium.

Faced with the prospect of a mass ex­o­dus of play­ers in or­der to bal­ance the books, Bolton boss Neil Len­non watched his team fail to cap­i­talise on their derby win against Black­burn with a de­feat that leaves them fac­ing an un­cer­tain fu­ture both on and off the field.

Len­non said: “I’m not in a po­si­tion to make any de­ci­sions about the fi­nan­cial side of things and that will all get dis­cussed later in the week.

“We are all hold­ing our breath and it makes a very dif­fi­cult job even more dif­fi­cult.

“We need to find a con­sis­tency of per­for­mance be­cause that’s what we’re not get­ting at the mo­ment. That’s the most frus­trat­ing part be­cause they showed to­day for 25 min­utes that they can be a good side but there’s a men­tal fragility about some of them.

“Some are play­ing at a higher level than they should be play­ing at and some didn’t play to their max­i­mum and that’s dis­ap­point­ing.”

An un­changed Bolton side could eas­ily have taken the lead in a breath­less open­ing to the game. Gary Ma­dine glanced a header wide from Dean Moxey’s invit­ing left wing cross be­fore Liam Feeney saw his pow­er­ful drive come back off the post with Town keeper Jed Steer well beaten.

But Hud­der­s­field stood firm and had a good shout for a penalty turned down on 25 min­utes when Prince-De­sire Gouano slid in on Nakhi Wells.

The hosts were un­able to repli­cate their first-half per­for­mance af­ter the break as a vastly im­proved Hud­der­s­field surged for­ward with Ben Amos do­ing well to tip Wells’ vol­ley past the post.

The break­through came on the hour mark when Joe Lol­ley’s left shot was ini­tially blocked only for the ball to come back to the striker who calmly stroked it past the wrong footed Amos. Sub­sti­tute Mustapha Carayol added a sec­ond four min­utes from time. Hud­der­s­field coach David Wag­ner said: “We had some prob­lems dur­ing the first 20 min­utes and our move­ment and first touch was not good enough.

“Bolton were very ag­gres­sive but af­ter that pe­riod and the whole sec­ond half we were very good and cre­ated great chances, the re­sult was fair.

“Seven points from this busy pe­riod is good and ev­ery­one is sat­is­fied but we only did our job, it is not some­thing spe­cial.”

GOT IT LICKED: Joe Lol­ley, left, starred for Hud­der­s­field

STAR MAN JOE LOL­LEY Hud­der­s­field

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