Lennon pleased with striker’s impact

Bolton boss Neil Lennon
Bolton boss Neil Lennon
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Bolton boss Neil Lennon praised loan striker Adam Le Fondre after the Cardiff outcast denied Charlton a first SkyBet Championship win in five games at the Macron Stadium.

Le Fondre’s seventh goal since moving back to the North West in January cancelled out Frederic Bulot’s ninth minute-opener for the Addicks as the match finished 1-1.

“Who knows how many goals ‘Alfie’ might have got had he been here since the start of the season,” said Lennon as his team moved into 50 points for the campaign.

“He is a goal scorer but he can get better with his link-up play in general. But he has been an important player for us since January.”

Although Bolton did not draw level until 11 minutes from time, Lennon felt they should have then gone on to claim all three points with skipper Matt Mills and Liam Feeney missing decent chances late on.

He said: “I was pleased with some of our football but not pleased with the end product. The final ball or finish was loose but we dominated the second half and restricted Charlton to the counter-attack

“But I was waiting on us scoring because we had all the play. We took our time to get the goal and it is a source of frustration we didn’t win the game.

“We deserved to win it. If Liam Feeney scores at the end it would have been a fantastic winner we would have been talking about.”

Despite dropping two more home points after last Saturday’s last gasp 2-1 defeat by Norwich, Lennon was delighted to welcome back injury-jinxed midfielder Mark Davies.

The former England Under-21 international had not featured since November 7 because of knee trouble.

“He gave us a little cameo for 15-20 minutes and you can see what we have missed. He brings the best out of other players and it was a real positive to see him back on the pitch,” Lennon said.

Charlton boss Guy Luzon has now seen his side involved in a dozen 1-1 draws and he was not happy to settle for just a point either.

“In the first half we moved the ball well and had chances to kill the game at 2-0 or 3-0,” he said.

“But in the second half we played without any patience and allowed our opponents to keep possession.

“When you are not patient and don’t move the ball well, you don’t have options to score.

“I am very disappointed because I wanted to keep going and play like we did in the first half. The pitch was fantastic and we needed to play on the ground. We need to learn that when the game is in our possession, we have to kill it off and score more goals. We didn’t do that tonight.”

Despite his complaint, Luzon’s side still ensured Adam Bogdan was the busier keeper, forcing the Hungary international into a succession of saves before Le Fondre rescued a point after determined play from Barry Bannan to win back possession.

“When you don’t move the ball well, like in the second half, you get exposed for the mistake and the goal of your opponent. And that’s what happened,” Luzon added.