Neil Lennon says Bolton Wanderers will host Huddersfield Town with renewed optimism over Championship survival.

The cash-strapped Lancashire club picked up only a second win of the season when Blackburn Rovers were beaten 1-0 at the Macron Stadium on Monday.

Gay Madine’s goal lifted basement side Wanderers to within four points of 21st-placed Rotherham United, who beat them 4-0 on Boxing Day.

Lennon told the Bolton News: “It was great to win the (Blackburn) game and psychologically it has given the players a real lift.

“The fact they have been paid as well (the squad went without wages in November) really helps I’m sure.

“It has been a lot livelier down the training ground.

“Results went for us as well after the Blackburn win so there is still plenty to play for.

“We can still battle our way out of this.

“If we can get another win against Huddersfield it just edges us that bit closer to safety and we can build on that.

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“One win and we are within touching distance and we need to keep the wins coming now.”

Former Celtic manager Lennon addes of the Blackburn game: “To get the clean sheet as well was fantastic.

“We have been knocking on the door for a while despite the results.

“The players have shown they are capable of competing.

“It’s amazing the transformation from Saturday to Monday.

“The players really put their minds to it.

“I was really disappointed with them in the second half against Rotherham but really pleased with them on Monday.

“That’s the type of performance we will be needing from here on in.”