Bolton boss Lennon in danger as fire sale kicks off
Neil Lennon hailed his battling players but admitted Bolton Wanderers are in deep trouble on and off the park after the 3-2 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.
Bolton - six points from safety at the bottom of the Championship table - face a winding-up petition hearing on Monday and are trying to sell players in an attempt to avoid going into administration.
"There's a lot of speculation surrounding a lot of our players and it's not an ideal situation but we have to raise money soon to keep the club going," said the Lurgan native.
"I thought we were excellent and I didn't think we deserved to lose.
"In the second half we had two or three great chances to win the game. I thought Gary Madine was outstanding and I need more performances like that from him.
"We were playing against a team who've invested a lot and I was very encouraged by the performance," added the former Celtic boss.
Fernando Forestieri put the hosts ahead with a powerful strike but Madine levelled with a close-range shot.
Hooper gave the Owls the lead once more as he latched on to Daniel Pudil's neat cross to shoot past Ben Amos.
David Wheater met Liam Feeney's free-kick to equalise but Hooper scored again to deny the Trotters.
Middlesbrough are in pole position six points clear at the top with a game in hand after a 1-0 win at Brentford.
The goal stemmed from an error by Brentford goalkeeper David Button on the hour, his punch looping up and towards the line, although it looked like Boro defender Daniel Ayala might have got the final touch.
Meanwhile former Northern Ireland striker Warren Feeney is set for a new job, just over three months after quitting as Linfield manager.
Feeney left the Blues in October to become assistant manager to John Sheridan at League Two outfit Newport County.
Sheridan is now the favourite to become the new manager of Oldham Atheltic, who yesterday sacked David Dunn, after they made an official approach to Newport last night.
Feeney, who made 23 appearances for Oldham during the 2010-11 season, could follow Sheridan to Boundary Park.
More likely, however, is that he will step up and takeover as boss of Newport should, as is expected, Sheridan return to the club that he managed between 2006 and 2009 after ending his playing career with the Latics.