Any hope Bolton Wanderers fans took from beating Blackburn was dashed by a typically weak 2-0 home defeat to a Huddersfield Town side that barely had to try to secure all three points.
Bolton had begun brightly and had a series of early half chances, with Huddersfield barely in it after 20 minutes. But in typical Bolton fashion we didn't take our chances and somehow allowed our opponents to completely dominate the rest of the match.
Our midfield was dominated by a Huddersfield midfield of Jonathan Hogg - Who? - Wigan reject Emyr Huws and Joe Lolley - again, who on earth is he? The extent of their domination was so much that they bossed 61% of possession away from home, having not had the ball after 20 minutes.
How players like Mark Davies and Darren Pratley, who both have considerable Premier League experience, aren't able to control the midfield against these players is beyond comprehension. Frankly, Pratley is an absolute joke of a captain and a terrible footballer, and Davies' only contribution is a dribble now and again whenever he fancies it. I'd be biting Middlesbrough's hand off for any sort of cash offer for him.
Wanderers did make a bright start and went the closest to opening the scoring in the first half. Liam Feeney cracked an excellent right footed shot from around 20 yards only to see it bounce back off the base of the post, while Gary Madine has a couple of chances and Feeney saw a shot blocked. After that, we barely had an attack all match and you just knew that as soon as Huddersfield decided to start playing, Bolton would give up.
Indeed, Huddersfield began to dominate play and carried that into the second half, making it count as Lolley opened the scoring just after the hour mark. Bolton never looked in danger of equalising, except for Zach Clough missing two good chances in a minute, and we could have kept playing until tomorrow and not got near to scoring. Predictably, the visitors wrapped up the points as Mustapha Carayol came off the bench to tap in with his first touch after Bolton failed to clear their lines.
Lennon's only response to Huddersfield's dominance was to move our best midfielder, Josh Vela, to right-back so that Wellington Silva could replace Rob Holding, who again did little wrong. Silva did nothing, was well short of match fitness and there were literally zero other options on our bench, again begging the question of what the likes of Kaiyne Woolery and Jamie Thomas have to do to gain a place among the substitutes. At least they have pace and could offer something a bit different or unexpected. Once again, what is the point of having Stephen Dobbie, and both Neil Danns and Jay Spearing, on the bench?
On the basis of this performance 2016 is set to be just as crap as 2015, and the next week could be painful for Wanderers fans. Not only is the fire sale of club assets and players likely to be in full force, with administration lingering on the horizon, but there's also the no-win prospect of a trip to Eastleigh in the third round of the FA Cup - which I fully expect us to lose.
The only positive from today's performance was that Bristol City and Rotherham United both lost to last minute goals. That fact alone depresses me.