BOLTON FIND HOPE AMONG HEARTBREAK
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