The first of a difficult set of games for the Wanderers finished disappointingly at Carrow Road on Friday night thanks to two goals from Norwich striker Cameron Jerome and a Chung-Yong Lee consolation.
Both sides started brightly under the television spotlight, each relentless in maintaining possession and creating opportunities. It was the Canaries who dealt the first blow, however, as Cameron Jerome collected Jonny Howson's through ball just outside the area in the 12th minute and slotted past Andy Lonergan.
Norwich were confident following the goal and Bolton did well to weather the initial storm, with Mark Davies and Lee most threatening for the Whites on the counter attack. Jay Spearing was taken off in the 2nd half for Liam Trotter, in what seemed an unusual tactical move from Neil Lennon.
Bolton soon began to press on with players like Darren Pratley working hard to push forward, but Norwich were drawing closer as Lonergan had to pull of a string of saves, the highlight being a pushed-away effort from Nathan Redmond. Jerome, the big man up front for Norwich, headed home a corner on the 61st minute to give Norwich a two goal advantage, but it was far from finished.
A stubborn Norwich defense was only broken in the 86th minute as Chungy poked a loose ball home following good work by Craig Davies. It all proved too little too late as Norwich held on for a 2-1 victory, keeping them high in the Championship with their opponents staying the opposite.
Wanderers boss, Neil Lennon, expressed his disappointment after the full-time whistle -
"We have to perform better"
"We have a lot to work on and it was probably the worst we've played in my four games in charge."
Lennon's main objective at the club is to get Bolton out of the bottom three and despite this result seems assured enough in his ways to stick to his word and deliver results soon.