Motherwell 1 – 4 Celtic
And a very happy Mo-nday Mo-rning it is too,as Mo Elyounoussi popped up three times to settle the nerves amongst everyone at Celtic Park,be they fans,players,management or board. A two week break now,and we shall see what transpires.
A couple of brave team selections from NL might have made the difference,based on recent displays at least. Shane Duffy and Eddie dropped to the bench to be replaced by Kris Ajer and Albion Ajeti,but that apart we went with what has been our preferred line up of late. Everyone needed a result,and we could do with a performance too,and it didn’t take us long to take a grip on the game.
Some probing work around the area saw the ball drop to The Yeti inside the box to the right,he shot across goal only to see his effort bounce back off the inside of the post. Fortunately Mo was rushing in for any scraps and put it into the net with his knee.
You take them as they fall,and we were good value for our goal at this stage-even if Well should no signs of letting us have it all our own way. Indeed,they were leaving the boot in every chance they got and Dallas was refereeing to his usual standards.
The second came from a superb piece of footwork in a tight area as Tom Rogic-who on another day would have been Man of the Match-pulled the ball to the byline before cutting it back for pretty much a tap in for MO’s second. And Tam was again instrumental for what should have been our third,which would have put the lid on things just before half time.
From a Well corner he shot up the pitch from his own penalty area,hurdling the hammer throwers who were making no attempt to play the ball. With Christie clear to his left,he gave him the gilt-edged chance to wrap it up. I’ll say no more on the “finish” other than it was still only 2-0 at half time.
Still,plenty to be positive about at this stage even if we were still far from our best. But a lot better than we had been for most of the last three weeks.
The green-tinted specs barely lasted longer than the half time break as Well exposed all our frailties for the first half hour of the second half. As well as some of their own attributes like putting the boot into anything in green and white. Once again,Frimpers was the main recipient and it is time we started taking some retribution on the thuggery here.
Anyway,we survived even if I don’t know how. The midfield were still digesting the half time pies,I think-they were second to everything except when they were third and provided no cover whatsoever for our defence. And just when I thought we might get away with it,an excellent cross and header saw our lead suddenly look very precarious.
We had just made two subs,one at the back and one up front,when I’d suggest that our midfield should have been the prime candidates for a change. However,what do I know-I reckoned a few minutes later that Mo had done nothing since his goals and needed hooked!
Humble pie for my Sunday lunch then. The newly-arrived Elhamed swung in a terrific cross from the right and Mo leapt like bloody Superman to power home a header from about twelve yards. What a way to get a hat-trick,and I’ll need to check if it counts for that “perfect” hat-trick as I’m not sure if a knee counts for it!
Even at that,Well didn’t give up. No,they kept kicking us and really I’m fed up banging on about the dereliction of duty-duty of care to the employee,in legal terms-shown by our supine board over this. A decade of protesting about it on blogs,decades before that of saying it in the ground or the pubs after the match,and still nothing gets done.
And the needle goes back to the start of the song…
So we rubbed their faces in it at the end with a fourth. A great ball across goal from the left-by the always excellent Laxalt,what a player!-which Eddie just failed to latch onto was followed by some close interplay in a tight area and Eddie simply laying it back for Ollie to ram home for 4-1.
All in all,a much better performance than we have had far too often this season,and particularly recently. It would be churlish to deny that. But it would be a mistake too to ignore our failings too and to pretend that all in the garden is rosy. We aren’t yet firing on all cylinders up front. We aren’t yet looking confident in ourselves at the back. We don’t yet have consistency from the midfield-either as protectors or providers.
But we lifted our chins off the floor,and we didn’t let the loss of a goal at a bad time derail us either. I’ll take the positives.
Above article by BMCUWP