Celtic 3-1 Kilmarnock Match Review
Ten became eleven and twelve yesterday. Eleven domestic games and eleven victories,while we stretched our lead at the top to twelve points over the Norwegian Blues. It wasn’t all plain sailing,of course-for about twenty minutes or so yesterday,the huns were in front while we were,somehow,behind. Fortunately it all turned out well in the end.
We had a rather unfamiliar line-up yesterday-certainly the first time that eleven will have played together-even if none of them were unfamiliar faces. Big Fraser in goal with a back three of Jullien,Ajer and Simo. Strung across the middle were our two wing backs of Frimpers and Taylor with CalMac playing quarterback and Ryan and Big Tam doing the providing. Up front,the defender’s nightmare of Griff and Eddy. Two players whom it is becoming increasingly difficult to mark as their understanding grows,allowing them to pull the defenders all over the place. This was a team set up for goals,and we got one as early as the sixth minute.
Unfortunately,it was at the wrong end! Simo and Brophy tangled for the ball in the right back area,and when the ball spun free into the penalty box,a quick shove in the back from the big man was enough to convince referee Clancy to point to the spot. A quite superb penalty later,we were a goal down. Kilmarnock never got a look in after that,in truth. One way traffic thereafter,and the only surprise was that it took so long to get the equaliser.
When it came,it was as a result of two of our centre backs not giving up on the ball after Killie failed to deal properly with a corner. Jullien cut the ball back across goal and Ajer popped it home via a deflection. Five minutes later,and not to be outdone,it was Simo’s turn for the assist-somehow getting his head on to a deep cross beyond the far post from Greg Taylor. I Wanna did the rest from only a couple of yards out. Which ain’t as easy as it sounds-he missed one from the same range last week!
Prior to this,we really should have had a penalty ourselves,albeit a rather soft one. Eddy went for the loose ball after the keeper had saved a shot by Rogic from distance and was clearly shoved off the ball as he went to collect. Not dissimilar to the one at the other end,and in a more dangerous area. I’ve said before that Clancy is no friend of ours,though his saving grace is that he doesn’t like the huns much either. Decisions like that prevent him being the referee he could be.
The second half was more of the same,one way traffic. Griff in particular wanted a goal,and he got it when Christie cut the ball back across goal for a tap in. We could have scored more,and probably should have done. Thirty shots at goal and more than a dozen on target tells you who the Man of the Match was,and for once he wasn’t playing for us. But it was a good day at the office overall,with a couple of players given some recovery time for the vital midweek match and others given the chance to get up to match speed. The three at the back seems to be working well for us too,at least domestically. Lenny now has some thinking to do about his line-up for Thursday.
It’s a good problem to have!
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