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Lennon is relieved, but Trotters still in danger

By Staff Reporter

Published 29/12/2015

Relief: Neil Lennon was thrilled to grab a victory
Relief: Neil Lennon was thrilled to grab a victory

Neil Lennon savoured a long-awaited Bolton win, yet he knows the Championship's bottom side aren't out of "hell" yet.

Gary Madine's 77th-minute winner ended Wanderers' 107-day wait for a victory as they defeated Blackburn 1-0 to clinch their first three points in 18 league games.

A lot has happened at the Macron Stadium since their previous victory over Wolves on September 12 - including the club being served a winding-up petition by HM Revenue and Customs and hit by a Football League transfer embargo - but Lennon was delighted to finally deliver some positive headlines while they remain in takeover limbo.

"It's one of delight, one of relief as well," the former Northern Ireland international said of his emotions. "It's been a long time coming. I thought we were good value for the win.

"We had to withstand a little bit of pressure and we got a little bit of luck at the end. We deserved that luck, we haven't any this season whatsoever. It's nice to see people walking out of the ground with a smile on their face.

"That's just one small step, we have to carry that on. We've still got a big fight on our hands but that's a step in the right direction. I'm pleased for the players, they showed a lot of guts.

"A guy once said when you're going through hell, keep going, so you've just got to keep going. Hopefully we can kick on from that now."

Middlesbrough moved to the top of the Championship for a day at least after edging to a 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

The only goal of the game arrived inside the opening 45 seconds through Cristhian Stuani.

Derby could return to the summit if they beat Leeds to night, but Boro are now five points clear of third-placed Hull, who lost 1-0 at Preston.

Burnley were the big winners in the top six as an Andre Gray hat-trick fired them to a 4-0 home win over Bristol City.

Brentford climbed to eighth thanks to a 2-1 win at Reading. Birmingham are just behind Brentford on goal difference after a 1-0 win at home to MK Dons. Wolves are 11th after a 2-0 win at Charlton and QPR were held to a 1-1 draw by Huddersfield.

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