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Immediate Reaction: Bolton Wanderers v Brentford

Bolton's resurgence under Neil Lennon continued with a second win in a week as the Whites defeated Brentford 3-1 at the Macron Stadium.

Neil Lennon made it two wins out of three with a 3-1 victory over Brentford
Neil Lennon made it two wins out of three with a 3-1 victory over Brentford
Clive Rose

Neil Lennon is working early wonders at Bolton Wanderers.

He's been in charge for less than two weeks, yet he has already tripled the number of victories we've had all season and breathed a new sense of belief and confidence into a squad that seemed dead and buried.

Today Bolton put the disappointment of an unlucky defeat at Charlton behind them to rack up victories on consecutive Saturdays. The team channelled the positive performance from the midweek match into another confident display as Neil Lennon claimed victory in his first home match in charge.

With an hour gone Bolton were bossing the match, yet it felt as if a repeat of Tuesday night was on the cards with chances being wasted and lots of shots being fired but largely failing to hit the target.

But all that changed when Neil Danns stepped up to put the home side in control.

Danns collected the ball around 20 yards out and hit a low curling left-footed shot past the keeper and into the bottom corner. Danns had impressed at Charlton, and this again showed the true quality that the midfielder possesses when utilised in the right position - i.e. not on the left wing.

Bolton continued to control the game, but the longer it went on the more it felt a second goal was going to be vital. And that moment came when Lennon introduced Mark Davies for Darren Pratley with around 15 minutes to go, and the little magician delivered a scintillating goal.

A Brentford clearance fell to Davies on the edge of the box, he chested the ball down, danced past a defender with a cheeky drop of the shoulder and coolly slotted the ball home. A brilliant goal from a brilliant player, and it's absolutely vital that we get him fit and playing regularly.

But if being Bolton fans has taught us anything, it's that we never make things easy for ourselves. Brentford bounced back and halved the deficit as substitute Jon Toral scored with his first touch with a close range finish.

Thus ensued a nervy finish, with Brentford pushing for an unlikely point as the Bolton defence retreated ever deeper towards Andy Lonergan's goal. But an unlikely source, a goal from a striker, killed the game off deep into injury time.

Brentford went all out for the equaliser as goalkeeper David Button pushed up into the Bolton box for a corner. But Lonergan claimed the cross and quickly bowled the ball out to Craig Davies, who sprinted away and converted the third from all of 40 yards.

The third game put an end to the contest, but it was great to see young midfielder Josh Vela make a welcome return to the first-team in the last minute.

This was another good performance from Bolton, and one a million miles from the dross being offered under Dougie Freedman. Lennon has clearly made his presence known and inspired the players to start enjoying their football again - finally giving the Bolton fans something to cheer about.

If Lennon can get the likes of Danns, Chung-Yong Lee and Mark and Craig Davies back to form and full fitness then we could have a very positive remainder of the season.