Oct 202014
 

Lee Clark felt Birmingham City deserved better than another home defeat.

His side lost 1-0 to Bolton Wanderers and finished with Lee Novak in goal for the final eight minutes after Darren Randolph’s sending-off.

Craig Davies missed the subsequent penalty for the visitors.

But the Blues boss felt his players warranted something from the match, not least the superb Demarai Gray and Koby Arthur.

“Yes, I think so, we deserved something.

“But we gave a really poor goal away, from a corner.

“You win so many games at all levels from set-plays.

“And Matt Mills didn’t just have half a yard, he had a couple of yards.

Birmingham's David Davis challenges Jay Spearing of Bolton VIEW GALLERY  

“It was one of our experienced players he lost, as well.

“We are frustrated with that.

“But, especially with my two young players, we looked a threat all afternoon.

“They were our mainstays in terms of the chances they made and the way they tried to get us back in the game.”

Randolph took down Davies to concede the penalty, after Paul Caddis played a pass short.

Caddis appeared to have been fouled by Davies before he coughed up possession.

“The penalty decision (and red card) was spot on,” said Clark, who could barely disguise his unhappiness at  referee Mark Haywood’s performance otherwise during the match.

“A foul (on Caddis)? You can’t say one week that tackling is going out of the game and then have a little bit of an old fashioned shoulder charge and be upset with that.

Birmingham's Clayton Donaldson outjumps Bolton's Dorian Dervite Birmingham’s Clayton Donaldson outjumps Bolton’s Dorian Dervite

“They were both the right decisions.”

“The goalkeeper has got to come and make a decision, hasn’t he?” Clark added.

“If he doesn’t the lad ends up having a one on one.

“It’s very much against the ‘keeper. He has got to make a quickfire decision, if he feels he can get the ball.

“Davies was quite quick on it.

“The players kept going, even after that.

“We put a bit of pressure on. But it wasn’t to be.

Andy Lonergan pulled off a brilliant stop from Gray with 11 minutes left, tipping his fierce drive onto the crossbar.

Clark said: “It would have been a great save just from a normal shot but it took a deflection off Jay Spearing.

“So for him (Lonergan) to change his momentum like that and put it onto the bar, it was a fantastic save.

“David Cotterill has also hit the bar with a free-kick, the two youngsters have had opportunities as well.

“But it seems to be that way at the moment for us. Especially at home. We are not getting our rewards.

“We went quite attack-minded at the start of the game and certainly by the end, before the sending-off, we had Lee Novak playing central midfield and the two youngsters wide.”

Oct 202014
 

Lee Clark felt Birmingham City deserved better than another home defeat.

His side lost 1-0 to Bolton Wanderers and finished with Lee Novak in goal for the final eight minutes after Darren Randolph’s sending-off.

Craig Davies missed the subsequent penalty for the visitors.

But the Blues boss felt his players warranted something from the match, not least the superb Demarai Gray and Koby Arthur.

“Yes, I think so, we deserved something.

“But we gave a really poor goal away, from a corner.

“You win so many games at all levels from set-plays.

“And Matt Mills didn’t just have half a yard, he had a couple of yards.

Birmingham's David Davis challenges Jay Spearing of Bolton VIEW GALLERY  

“It was one of our experienced players he lost, as well.

“We are frustrated with that.

“But, especially with my two young players, we looked a threat all afternoon.

“They were our mainstays in terms of the chances they made and the way they tried to get us back in the game.”

Randolph took down Davies to concede the penalty, after Paul Caddis played a pass short.

Caddis appeared to have been fouled by Davies before he coughed up possession.

“The penalty decision (and red card) was spot on,” said Clark, who could barely disguise his unhappiness at  referee Mark Haywood’s performance otherwise during the match.

“A foul (on Caddis)? You can’t say one week that tackling is going out of the game and then have a little bit of an old fashioned shoulder charge and be upset with that.

Birmingham's Clayton Donaldson outjumps Bolton's Dorian Dervite Birmingham’s Clayton Donaldson outjumps Bolton’s Dorian Dervite

“They were both the right decisions.”

“The goalkeeper has got to come and make a decision, hasn’t he?” Clark added.

“If he doesn’t the lad ends up having a one on one.

“It’s very much against the ‘keeper. He has got to make a quickfire decision, if he feels he can get the ball.

“Davies was quite quick on it.

“The players kept going, even after that.

“We put a bit of pressure on. But it wasn’t to be.

Andy Lonergan pulled off a brilliant stop from Gray with 11 minutes left, tipping his fierce drive onto the crossbar.

Clark said: “It would have been a great save just from a normal shot but it took a deflection off Jay Spearing.

“So for him (Lonergan) to change his momentum like that and put it onto the bar, it was a fantastic save.

“David Cotterill has also hit the bar with a free-kick, the two youngsters have had opportunities as well.

“But it seems to be that way at the moment for us. Especially at home. We are not getting our rewards.

“We went quite attack-minded at the start of the game and certainly by the end, before the sending-off, we had Lee Novak playing central midfield and the two youngsters wide.”

Oct 132014
 

Neil Lennon left Celtic six months ago. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Neil Lennon’s absence from the dugout has been confined to just six months after the Northern Irishman was confirmed as the new manager of Bolton Wanderers.

Lennon, who will be introduced on Monday, signed a three-year deal with the Bolton club that sit at the foot of the Championship. The news may be a disappointment to Fulham who, it is believed, had identified him as a leading candidate for their vacant managerial role.

After initial talks last week, the former Celtic manager accepted his new position after discussions with Bolton’s owner, Eddie Davies, and the chairman, Phil Gartside, on Saturday. Steve Clarke, the former West Bromwich Albion head coach, and Chris Hughton, who was sacked by Norwich City last April, were the other leading contenders for the post which was vacated by Dougie Freedman at the beginning of October.

“Following a process of first- and second-interviews with a shortlist of initial candidates a unanimous decision was taken by Eddie Davies, [vice-chairman] Brett Warburton and Phil Gartside,” said Bolton in a statement. “The club are delighted and excited to appoint Neil Lennon. He brings with him experience at the highest level and an infectious enthusiasm to take the club forward.”

Lennon left Celtic in May after four years in charge of a club he had earlier captained, and having won three titles in a row as manager. He believed he had taken Celtic as far as he could, and he was also increasingly disillusioned with the Scottish football scene. The 43-year-old’s coaching staff, Johan Mjallby and Garry Parker, will join him at Bolton.

The club statement added: “The extensive list of high-calibre applicants demonstrated how those candidates viewed the opportunity to manage the club, even in its present position at the bottom of the Championship table.”

Reports at the end of last week claimed Lennon was on the verge of taking up a lucrative coaching position in Saudi Arabia with Al-Ittihad. Lennon did not, as was claimed, travel to speak with them as Bolton’s interest in his services became more serious.

Lennon’s initial task is to improve Bolton’s league position after only one win in 11 league games. He is unlikely to be handed vast transfer sums, with the club still counting the cost of overspending before relegation from the Premier League in 2011-12. Bolton have not reached the play-offs during the intervening seasons and that, coupled with a dismal start to this campaign, was the trigger for Freedman’s departure.

Bolton have lost their past five matches, four in the league and one to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup. Lennon’s first game in charge will be at Birmingham City on Saturday.

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