The Trotters had managed a 1-0 win at Birmingham City on the weekend in Lennon’s first game at the helm, but fell behind at the Valley just before the half-hour when George Tucudean tucked home.
Johnnie Jackson then added a second six minutes after the break and, while Dean Moxey pulled a goal back with a low drive soon after, the visitors simply couldn’t find the equaliser over the final 35 minutes.
‘We should have got something, but “should” doesn't cut it,’ Lennon told the BBC after the match.
‘The reaction to going a goal down and two goals down was good, but it would be nice to stop going two goals down.
‘The structure, the passing, the movement was excellent, it was just the last bit that was missing. We need to do a bit of work.’
With Bolton currently sitting 23rd in the table, having taken just eight points from their first 13 games, much of the frustration from fans on the night appeared to be directed towards striker Jermaine Beckford, who is yet to register a goal in nine league appearances so far this season.
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The statistics in fact paint a fairly commendable picture of the former Everton misfit’s showing against the Addicks, but the reaction after the final whistle suggests they are growing increasingly impatient with his failure to find the back of the net.
@MarcIles It'll stay like that while Beckford's up there. He needs 5 shots to get one on target & 10 to score. Must be a legend in training!— Marc Harrison (@Marc58) October 21, 2014
@MarcIles is Mason injured ? If not then why is Beckford starting, he simply isn't good enough ! Neither is Pratley we have better available— Martin Johnson (@martinjohnson81) October 21, 2014
Sounds like we played the best for a long time, but beckford is still beckford ffs— Ben Birchall (@benbirchall_) October 21, 2014
Lennon won't keep starting Beckford for long, absolute donkey. #BWFC— Young Caesar (@jayeddyy) October 21, 2014
@MarcIles Beckford just isn't up to the job (imo) , lazy , slow and a poor finisher.— Radix Lecti (@Radixlecti1) October 21, 2014
I hope Lennon, is beating Jermaine Beckford with his own boots. #bwfc— Corey Greeney (@CoZWeLL) October 21, 2014
Early days for Lennon and #bwfc but to keep playing Pratley, Moxey and Beckford is suicide we have much better, Mason not even in the squad?— Martin Johnson (@martinjohnson81) October 21, 2014
If Beckford wasn't a footballer he'd be sacked for not doing his job.— Cullen (@scottybwfc) October 21, 2014
Beckford couldn't finish his dinner— Finchy (@Dan_Finchy) October 21, 2014
Beckford's been trying in the last few games but its no good. Its like me trying to fly. I can try and try but its not going to happen #bwfc— Adam! (@AdamWanderers) October 21, 2014
We just need that little bit of class going forward that can make the difference, Beckford and Feeney aren't good enough. #BWFC— Young Caesar (@jayeddyy) October 21, 2014
@bbcradiomanc Beckford has got to go! Not clinical in front of goal! Simply not good enough.— Welcome to the Rave (@WhatAdam_said) October 21, 2014
Perhaps Lennon has learnt beckford is not the man for the job. Mason would have bagged one— RC (@Crombinho) October 21, 2014
Wow. We are going places under Neil Lennon. Chungy superb. Beckford cost us. Best I've seen us play since Coyle's first six months #bwfc— Lee Hemmings (@Leehemmings91) October 21, 2014
Charlton had 2 shots on target and 2 goals. We have Jermaine Beckford.— Gaz Ainsworth ☠ (@gazainsworth) October 21, 2014
I'm assuming Lennon now knows that Beckford is actually really rubbish and his brave attempt talking him up to be better was futile. #bwfc— LXVI (@BL4WN6) October 21, 2014
If Beckford is picked on Saturday then something is seriously wrong. #bwfc— Adam! (@AdamWanderers) October 21, 2014
Such a better performance than under dougie though. Beckford is useless though— Wanderers Blogger (@BWFC_Blog) October 21, 2014
Finishing has got to improve, so I recommend not playing Beckford— josh (@JFKugs) October 21, 2014
We really, REALLY need a striker, don't we? Beckford is nowhere near good enough #bwfc— Joe Norris (@ComradeWanderer) October 21, 2014
Don't think I've ever hated a #bwfc striker like I do Beckford. He is absolutely fucking useless. Wouldn't get in my reserves.— Corey Greeney (@CoZWeLL) October 21, 2014
Beckford shouldnt start again, hes useless... deffo need a striker— Curt (@Zidannssss) October 21, 2014