St. Johnstone 1 – 2 Celtic
Another fantastic display yesterday as we battered our opponents into submission on a day that was more suitable for sledging than for football. Well,the last part of that sentence may be true,but the first part is merely the opinion of our manager. He may not be sledging us,but he is definitely trolling us when he comes out repeatedly with this nonsense.
It was yet another dreadful performance from us against little better than journeymen,and we only just got over the line at the end. There were some encouraging individual displays-Shane Duffy for example seems to have gone back to safety first,even if he was absent for the opener,and the likes of Taylor,Turnbull and Eddie showed a willingness that wasn’t always apparent in the others. Ryan Christie too realised that the best way to keep warm was to put some effort in. But we were too often disjointed and unimaginative,and a better team would have taken at least a point from us.
The first half was one way traffic with little end product,the best chance falling to Tom Rogic who could only steer a half-hearted attempt against a player on the line after a great square ball across goal from Taylor. At that stage we were controlling the play,dominating possession but lacking the killer ball,the final act of making things count. And truthfully it was no surprise when Saints took the lead five minutes after the break,Rooney outjumping our static players in the box with the central defenders nowhere to be seen.
Gonna be another long day,we thought-and it certainly was,even if Eddie managed to get his reward shortly afterwards for putting himself about for most of the day. His first on the hour mark came from an assist on the right from RC,leaving Eddie to fire it home. The second,from GT on the opposite side,a spin and shot and it was a goal up for The Hoops-but with around thirty minutes left to play we knew we would likely need another.
A third never looked likely,and it was Saints who were on the prowl for another goal themselves. The defence though kept them pretty much at bay,with Bain having little to do all day bar pick the ball out of the net.
The best you can say about yesterday is that it’s another three points as we totter towards the end of the season. It certainly isn’t going to be the type of season that sees the DVD Review of the Year selling out,but even so it may be worth flicking through the following BBC article to the NL post-match interview,where he assesses the day’s performance.
St Johnstone 1-2 Celtic: Odsonne Edouard double completes comeback – BBC Sport
I’ll comment no further on it,as I’d end up having to bar myself from the site for language violations. Next up is Aberdeen,who haven’t scored in five games. But then,St Johnstone hadn’t scored against us in Perth for four years-and that was a Deadly own goal. Records and scoring trends are always in play against our current team,so I won’t be backing the clean sheet. Let’s see if the manager and players can prove me wrong.
Above article by BMCUWP