BOLTON FIND HOPE AMONG HEART­BREAK

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

THE rap­tur­ous ova­tion at full-time said it all. The Trot­ters, seem­ingly saved from ex­tinc­tion but cer­tainly doomed to the drop, had given ev­ery­thing.

In­ven­tion, so­lid­ity, dom­i­nance for al­most 90 min­utes. Neil Len­non’s strug­glers were su­pe­rior by ev­ery pos­si­ble mea­sure and Liam Feeney’s well-crafted opener was the least their ef­forts de­served.

But when you’ve got un­break­able be­lief and a £9m striker, you’ve al­ways got a chance. For the vast ma­jor­ity of the game, An­dre Gray stunk the place out, con­stantly off­side and do­ing lit­tle for his side.

Yet Dy­che kept faith and was richly re­warded as the for­mer Brent­ford man buried the only two chances that came his way.

It is a heart­break­ing re­sult for Len­non, whose prepa­ra­tions for League One must now be­gin in earnest. Had they shown this qual­ity in the first half of the sea­son, they wouldn’t be in the bot­tom half, let alone bat­tling rel­e­ga­tion.

STAR MAN LIAM FEENE

Y Bolton

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