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Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Brentford

It's Neil Lennon's first home game as Bolton Wanderers host Brentford at the Macron Stadium this Saturday. Lion of Vienna Suite's newest contributor has all of the details.

Clive Rose

Having suffered the first defeat of his Bolton Wanderers reign against Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night, Neil Lennon's rejuvenated side are looking to set the standard against Brentford on Saturday.

Word on the street says that Bolton dominated their opposition at the Valley despite losing 2-1. I haven't heard that word used to describe a Wanderers performance for years, but the stats don't lie - 62% possession, 19 shots and 14 corners.

The goal was a corker from defender Dean Moxey, but the lack of scoring from actual strikers has become an annoying theme and something that Neil Lennon must have in mind even if he thinks ‘goal scoring is in Jermaine Beckford's DNA.'

Dwelling on negativity is something that our new manager is not keen on so now it's time to actually look forward to that first ball being kicked at 3pm this Saturday. Bolton vs Brentford isn't exactly mouth-watering for the average football fan, but a first home game for a manager who everyone at the club agrees is the right man to take the team forward is sure to be an occasion.

For the last game Lennon chose the same set of lads that grinded out a 1-0 win at Birmingham City, but based on some of the performances of individuals, tinkering is a must to ensure we hit the ground running.

Chung-Yong Lee and Neil Danns both impressed in the last game so have surely secured their place. Darren Pratley's shocking form will mean Mark Davies can make a full return from injury to bolster the midfield and Jermaine Beckford's goal allergy has potentially paved the way for a first team start for Joe Mason.

As for Brentford, their last game was a thrilling 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday and they currently sit 12th in the Championship with 19 points. Not exactly rubbish, but definitely beatable.

I'm predicting a 3-1 win - Chungy, Mason and Matt Mills with the goals.