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  • James Forrest hails attack and defence against Rosenborg

    James Forrest hails attack and defence against Rosenborg

    By: Tony Connelly on 21 Sep, 2018 09:47

  • JAMES Forrest reckons Celtic’s win against Rosenborg in their UEFA Europa League opener will be crucial in helping build momentum for the remainder of the games in the competition.

    Celtic secured three valuable points against their Group B opponent,s but they did not come about easily. Rosenborg sat in for the majority of the game and proved difficult to break down.

    The Norwegian champions looked as if they might escape Glasgow with a point having kept Celtic at bay for 86 minutes but second-half substitute, Leigh Griffiths headed in the decisive goal three minutes from the end to make it 1-0.

    Forrest heaped praise on his team-mate and spoke of what his goal meant in the context of the group.

    “Leigh always looks a threat so whether he gets one in 20 minutes or he starts the game, he’s always able to get you that goal,” said Forrest. "He’s great to have in your team because he offers so much. He comes on and works hard. He deserved his chance and when it came up he took it. I’m delighted for him.

    “Getting the goal late on turned what had been a really frustrating night up until that point into a really positive night. We kept a clean sheet and got three points, so we’re raring to go in competition now.

    “Had that been a draw, it would have felt like a bit of a blow but we’ve picked ourselves up from disappointing results before so we don’t let these things have a knock on effect. We got the win, though, so we can be positive looking towards the next game in this group now.

    “We scored a late goal which is always exciting for everyone in the changing room, so we’re all still buzzing from a good ending to the game.”

    While Celtic struggled to find the goal, they were defensively solid and, in keeping a clean sheet, they have now gone five consecutive games without conceding. Forrest pointed to Dedryck Boyata’s display and highlighted the significance of the result for the club.

    “Dedryck’s come in and he’s been tremendous. He’s really solid at the back and that gives everyone confidence with him at the back.

    “We’ve played them five times in a year now and they’ve all been different types of games. Every one of them have been hard, but we’ve always done well. We’ve kept a few clean sheets now in the last number of games so we can build on that and start adding more goals.

    “Celtic haven’t won a group game in Europe for a while, so it’s good to wipe away these negative records as well. It’s not something we think about before a game but when you see it afterwards you can be happy that you’ve helped improve the record.”

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