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Lennon backing Royals and Trotters to kick on

5 December 2014

Opposition view

Bolton manager Neil Lennon believes that Reading currently occupy a false position in the Championship.

The Royals currently sit 14th in the second tier, four place above tomorrow’s visitors to the Madejski, and the former Celtic boss says that he expects both teams to soon be positioned higher - if Wanderers can improve their away form. 

“This isn’t easy in this division, and what I’ve found in this division is how tight it is,” he told “There really is nothing between the teams, so any point or win away from home will be precious going forward.

“I expect Reading to be turning their fortunes around as the season goes on, especially with the manager they have, but hopefully that won’t start against us after their good win at Norwich.

“We have real motivation for the game - we’re trying to look up the table now, but we know it can change very quickly and we’re not getting ahead of ourselves.

“We’ve always tried to instil that mentality and, although we are now winning games, teams around us are doing so as well. It’s such an unpredictable league, so to find a little bit of consistency is good.”

Bolton last visited the Madejski Stadium in January and were on the end of a thumping 7-1 hiding.

Lennon was not at Bolton then, and he insists that a similar kind of result will not be repeated tomorrow afternoon.

He said: “The players need to use the pain and hurt that I’m sure they had after that game to go there and get a result. We are a different team now.

“If they need any actual motivation, it will be the fact that Reading are there and there abouts with us in the league table. This is as big a game as it was last week against Huddersfield.”

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