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QPR’s last minute equaliser ‘felt like a defeat’ for poor Bolton

PUBLISHED: 18:53 20 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:45 22 February 2016

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Queens Park Rangers' manager

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Queens Park Rangers' manager

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Neil Lennon could only rue Matt Phillips’ stoppage-time equaliser even though Bolton’s 1-1 draw with QPR lifted them off the foot of the Sky Bet Championship table.

Phillips struck two minuted into added time to cancel out Zach Clough’s stunning opener for the home side after 69 minutes.

Wanderers boss Lennon was frustrated his players had not seen off the danger and held on for a much-needed victory.

“It feels like a defeat even though it’s not,” he said.

“We needed three points at this stage of the season and it is the manner of the goal that is disappointing.

“It was a really poor goal to give away when you have got to see the game out.

“The keeper (Ben Amos) should have saved it and we should have dealt with Phillips before that. It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth because it was another very good performance.

“The players feel the same as me. They put so much into the game and there were some outstanding performances.

“We scored a wonder goal from a superb talent and looked like we were dealing with everything QPR could throw at us. But you always feel you need a second goal to see the game out.”

Rangers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink delivered an honest assessment of a poor quality game, only sparked into life by Clough’s fourth goal of the campaign.

Hasselbaink said: “It was two teams who tried but who couldn’t get into their stride. Bolton changed their formation and we had to adjust.

“We tried to get the flow going but we couldn’t. Nor could they. It wasn’t a nice game to see.

“However, you are not going to get 46 games that are going to be easy and nice. In those ones you have to try and find a winning formula.”

On Clough’s strike, Hasselbaink smiled: “Bolton scored a world goal and beautifully taken. Sometimes you have to say ‘well done’ to the lad.

“But I am pleased we didn’t feel we were defeated. We kept trying and got our creative players on the ball and Phillips got the goal. I only wished it was earlier and we were winning 1-0.”

Hasselbaink revealed he also took off Karl Henry late in the game to save the tough tackling midfielder a red card. Henry collected a first half yellow before becoming embroiled with Bolton skipper Darren Pratley.

“I thought it was a beautiful challenge,” said the visitors’ boss of Henry’s tackle. “It was a beautiful 50-50, a nice, old fashioned English challenge challenge that wasn’t dangerous.

“They know he has a yellow card and they are going to try and get him another yellow card even when the ball isn’t even close to them. So, I knew I would have a better chance of scoring a goal with 11 men on the field and not 10.

“If I speak to the referee I’m only going to get angry and say things. Then I get suspended, then I get fined and so the wife is going to be angry because she can’t go out and get herself a nice outfit.”

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