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Bolton Wanderers boss Neil Lennon sets striker Zach Clough some homework

2 March 2015

Bolton Wanderers striker Zach Clough ended the worst run of Neil Lennon's managerial career and was then challenged to take his scoring skills on the road.

The 19-year-old Mancunian striker settled a 1-0 Sky Bet Championship victory over Brighton & Hove Albion with his sixth goal of the year after 64 minutes.

All six have come at the Macron Stadium, and Lennon said: "He needs to learn to score away from home now. This is me being hard on him.

"But it was a great finish, wasn't it? He's probably not had a look where the keeper was.

"But it's instinctive; it's natural and it's something you can't coach. We started him in a slightly different position and he found it difficult to get in the game.

"I had to change things round and get him in a more central position. You have to remember he is only nine games into his career.

"There will be peaks and troughs along the way. But it's a great learning curve for these young players."

Wanderers' defeat at Middlesbrough last Tuesday was the first time former Celtic boss Lennon had suffered three successive losses as a manager.

And the home side struggled to get into the contest again until Clough's pulled off a superb angled finish from Josh Vela's through ball.

"It's something I have not been used to so it's a test of character as a manager to see what you have got," Lennon added.

"So, I am glad we won. I wasn't overly enamoured with the performance but the result was the most important thing.

"You could tell we were edgy because of the run we have been on but second half we were a lot better and I thought we deserved to win the game."

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