Date: 28th April 2015 at 4:09pm
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Manager Neil Lennon has conceded the better team won on the night in the three nil loss to Bournemouth that effectively crowned their promotion to the Premier League last night.

Bolton were rarely in the game to be fair, Bournemouth dictated large parts and always looked the more likely to win and the match left some things to be designed as fans have already pointed out.

Speaking to the Official Site Lennon’s focus after the game was on emulating where Bournemouth now are in the future rather than focusing overly on the negatives of the night.

‘We were beaten by a better team. They are the benchmark for where we want to be in a year or two. It seems like we`re a long way off that at the minute, but we are missing some key players and we`ll have a lot of work to do in the summer in terms of the type of player we want to bring in. We were second best tonight for much of the game, although I thought Emile Heskey and Adam Bogdan were fantastic.’

Lennon went on to say that in many ways he felt we needed to reflect on Bournemouth as a game in isolation because when you compare that performance to previous performances against teams flying in the division like Middlesbrough, Norwich and Watford he felt we ‘ran them close’ but last night everything – including at points every decision – fell for the opposition but it’s not like they needed much help given their own performance levels in the game.

‘I felt for maybe the first 30 minutes or so, we did well, but once the first goal went in we lost our way a little bit. We need to get stronger, fitter and have a little more robustness about us. We need players that can still look fresh after 40-plus games a season. We know what we have to do – it`s going to take a lot of hard work, but it`s been our thinking for the last six months since we walked in the door really.’

With one game remaining now in the season, Lennon obviously wants us to go out against Birmingham City on a high and with him describing our home form as one of the positives from the season, he’s confident we can bring the curtain down with a victory.

‘I am disappointed with the performance tonight – yet again we`re a bit patched up, but I expected more from some players tonight.’

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