Neil Lennon: 'I wanted Jay Spearing to take penalty'

Lennon: 'I wanted Spearing to take penalty'
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Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon reveals that he was trying to change his penalty taker when he was sent to the stands in his first game in charge of the club.

Neil Lennon has revealed that he was sent to the stands during his first match in charge of Bolton Wanderers because he wanted to change his penalty taker.

Craig Davies stepped up to take the spot kick during the Bolton's 1-0 win over Birmingham City this afternoon, but the manager wanted Jay Spearing to take it instead.

Davies missed the penalty, but the Trotters hung on to give Lennon a winning start.

The former Celtic boss told the Bolton News: "I got sent off because [fourth official Amy Fern] said I was consistently leaving my technical area. What I wanted to do was get the message on to Jay Spearing to take the penalty.

"By all accounts Craig has scored the last three but I wanted a technical player to go up and take it, put his foot through it and put the game beyond doubt.

"In the end he's blasted it over the bar against an outfield goalkeeper. That tells me our game management needs to be a lot better."

The result has moved Bolton off the bottom and up to 23rd in the Championship table.

Matt Mills of Bolton Wanderers scores a goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers at St Andrews (stadium) on October 18, 2014
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