‘We relish the challenge’: Bolton manager Lennon up for fight of saving Wanderers

Neil Lennon has underscored his hunger to keep fighting, as Bolton look to turn round their dreadful form with a home win against Leeds United tomorrow.

Wanderers go into the game bottom of the division after a run of one win in 12, and whilst they remain only two points from safety, they know that they need points if the club are to avoid being cut adrift, which would be potential Armageddon for a club in such a parlous financial state.

But Lennon was in bullish mood as he plotted a first win since September 12, and a first home win over Leeds since May 2004.

“We’re in a more determined mood than ever to get out of this position; it’s a challenge, but one that we’re relishing,” he said.

“There’s no getting away from it, we were poor against Birmingham, but we still created chances to get something from the game.

“We could probably do with a bit of luck right now, when that comes our way we will improve.

“I don’t want to keep talking about our finances; we are where we are and we accept that and want to move forward.”

Leeds themselves have had a turbulent week, dispensing with the services of Uwe Rosler and bringing in Steve Evans following a run of two wins in 12 games.

A win for Bolton would take them within a point of tomorrow’s opposition, whilst another reverse would see Leeds go seven points clear of Wanderers.

“Leeds will be a tough game – there’s a danger that they could be buoyed by the appointment of Steve Evans.

“Whilst I’m disappointed for Uwe Rosler, I think Steve is a good appointment for Leeds; he did a fantastic job at Rotherham.

“Recently we have been playing teams in form and there has been very little in the games.”

Bolton will be buoyed by the arrival of former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi, who is expected to be drafted into the squad for tomorrow’s game.

The 34-year-old, who scored 53 goals in 312 games for the Magpies, has signed a short-term deal at the Macron, having been on trial with Lennon’s men earlier this month.

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