Lolley piles on the pressure for luckless Lennon
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.”
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