Boss Lennon pleased with Bolton’s performance

Sheffield Wednesday's Glenn Loovens beats Bolton's Craig Davies
Sheffield Wednesday's Glenn Loovens beats Bolton's Craig Davies
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Bolton boss Neil Lennon was delighted with his side’s performance in their 2-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday.

Liam Feeney scored after only two minutes and Darren Pratley put the visitors further ahead before the half-hour mark.

Chris Maguire then scored a penalty for Wednesday following Matt Mills’ foul on Atdhe Nuhiu.

Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood kept his side in the game with fine saves from Craig Davies and Pratley.

The home side were reduced to 10 men in the 83rd minute when Sam Hutchinson, who had only been on the field for 14 minutes, picked up a second booking.

But Stevie May thought he had equalised when he bundled the ball over the line after Nuhiu’s effort hit the bar, but his celebrations were cut short by the assistant referee’s flag.

Bolton keeper Andy Lonergen also produced a fine save to touch Claude Dielna’s long-range drive on to the woodwork deep into stoppage time.

Lennon said: “To come away from home and play as well as we did is very pleasing. We got off to a great start and played some super football.

“With our performance in the first half and the chances we created in the second half, it could have been a more comfortable win.

“We came here playing a team who are on the up. They’ve certainly been playing very well.

“There were a few decisions for both teams that were debatable, to say the least, but I don’t want to talk about the referee because it was a very good game of football.

“Both teams went at it with a great sort of attitude and there was high quality at times on the pitch as well.

“On the counter-attack we were very dangerous and I thought (Emile) Heskey was terrific, considering the length of times he’s been outside of England. His experience today was invaluable to us.

“We’re getting further and further away from the bottom three, which is great. We can maybe look forward to challenging the top 10.

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray said: “We started so poorly and then we gifted them a second goal so we gave ourselves a bit of a mountain to climb.

“We got back in the game with the penalty and it was hard enough playing Bolton with 11 men, but then with Sam (Hutchinson) getting sent off it was very, very difficult .

“Credit to the boys because they stuck at it. We’ve looked at Stevie May’s goal and he was onside. We’ve been punished by a poor decision.

“We had a go in the second half and we had to push for the equaliser. Credit to the players for having a right good go.

“They’re a big, physical side and they bypassed the midfield. They know how to kill the game off, which was frustrating.”