Points Make Prizes
Firstly,on behalf of my family,our grateful thanks for everyone’s good wishes for my Dad,who had an operation yesterday. Hopefully he will be fit enough soon to thank you all himself too!
And so to last night. As expected,VAR had a big say in the events,and as expected,none of the decisions came our way. I pointed out the other day that it isn’t only Celtic who have been getting the sharp end of the stick since its botched introduction only a few weeks ago,and that all of the clubs need to be vocal and forceful in getting the upcoming World Cup break used as a retraining period for those highly paid halfwits who are running it.
How VAR could decide that Jota was offside for his “goal” last night-and what a peach of a pass and finish!-would be beyond anyone who didn’t know how things up here work. And how anyone could think that the assault on Starfelt-not long back from a bad knew injury,remember-was anything but a red card just beggared belief. Late,high,two-footed and out of control. Just a yellow then.
If we tolerate this,then we condone it. It is as simple as that.
The match itself was a very disappointing affair. Motherwell have now lost six of their last seven,yet they gave us as good as they got all evening,and made us look ordinary far too often. This wasn’t about complacency,I don’t think-this was about us just not clicking on the night. Our partnerships on either flank weren’t working as well as usual,and neither were the partnerships in midfield or up front.
Which sums up the overall performance,really. Disjointed. And yet we scored three magnificent goals,even if the best one was cruelly denied us. The first,to give us a half-time lead,came from nothing-other than Matt O’Riley refusing to give up a lost cause. One excellent tackle and a low square ball across the line gave Kyogo a fairly straightforward tap in.
The second,the best of the evening,was a wonderful crossfield pass from Kyogo,followed by the finest of finishes from a very composed Jota. The linesman was too busy applauding to raise his flag,but VAR wasn’t for having it. So still only 1-0 then. The goal that should have clinched it late on for us was strikingly similar,this time it was Turnbull the provider and Maeda who finished it.
Just as well,because our offside line at a free kick shortly afterwards was found wanting,and Tierney-no,not that one!-finished it beautifully.
In truth,the keepers had no chance with any of the goals,yet they had very little else to occupy them all evening. It was just one of those games. No little effort in midfield in particular,too little invention or skill anywhere. Quite honestly,if it wasn’t Celtic who were playing,I would have found something else to do. Games like these we can do without. Yet it is getting the three points from games like these which probably make the difference between winning titles or not at the end of the season.
I just hope there aren’t too many like it.
Above article by BMCUWP