Lille 2 – 2 Celtic
Wow,I certainly didn’t see that coming! Well,the two goals we scored anyway. NL lined us up as expected and we flattered to deceive against opponents who looked far better than us. We chased our tails for much of the first quarter of the game,and Scott Bain had to be on his toes a few times.
Toes being the operative word,as he saved more often with his feet than by more orthodox means!
Yet,as we approached the half hour mark,it was Celtic who went in front. And frankly it was a goal which would have graced any occasion,and certainly put a smile on this supporter’s face. A flick inside from Ajeti and Mo raced off for goal. Twentyfive yards out and with nothing else on,he just thought-betcha I can curl it into the keeper’s bottom right from here.
Absolutely terrific goal,and the first thing I thought was that I wish he would do it more often!
Well,give it a couple of minutes and he did! This time it was Frimpers-much improved from recent displays-who fed it to him around the edge of the area to make it two. There was a shade of offside about it,IMO,was Ajeti possibly interfering from the goalie’s perspective,but all’s well that ends well.
Sadly,it didn’t. Another couple of minutes saw Bain performing miracles for us and even saving a penalty. I’m not his agent,honestly,but every time I’ve seen the lad he has not let us down. He certainly looks more confident in himself than our expensive import. Heyho,not my call. And two up at half time,certainly not to be sneezed at.
The second half was a different story. I don’t think we got a shot away during that time,and when their right back sneaked in at the far post to get a goal,you could tell that they weren’t settling for it as a consolation. The HOOOOOOPS threw everything at the ball as they manned the ramparts,but I think we all knew that we could only pray for the final whistle to arrive in time.
Of course,it didn’t. A scrappy bit of bagatelle saw the ball fall kindly,and off we went at the end two goals each. Much like Sunday,a draw that felt like a defeat,given that both were from a winning position. The difference from Sunday is that this was far superior competition,and a worthwhile adversary. We can take a bit of pride from last night,even if the overall performance was about effort and commitment rather than style and grace. That wasn’t,for me,a team who don’t care-as has been suggested elsewhere-nor a team who can’t be bothered because of personal issues with our manager.
Last night they gave us 100%. While nobody should be happy with surrendering a two goal lead,I’m proud of our players last night. It’s as much as I asked for last Thursday,and maybe a bit more. Let’s hope they can give me what I asked for on Sunday too.
Above article by BMCUWP