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  • Manager: Livingston draw frustrating despite decent performance

    Manager: Livingston draw frustrating despite decent performance

    By: Joe Donnelly on 06 Apr, 2019 18:19

  • NEIL Lennon described Celtic’s goalless draw with Livingston at Paradise today (Saturday) as frustrating, but praised the number of chances his side created over the course of 90 minutes.  

    And the manager said the Hoops are in a strong position with just five games of the domestic campaign remaining, also stressing the importance of now turning their attention to Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden next weekend.   

    “Frustration is the word that I’m looking for,” said Neil Lennon. “We created chances and quality chances as well. Even at the end at the 93rd minute, we had a chance to win it. The performance was decent, the first-half was very good, the second-half was a little bit huffy and puffy, but we got a bit of width in the team.

    “I think at times we overplay, At times we could get the ball forward a little bit quicker. Again, it’s not the result we wanted but we have to accept it and move on. I was looking for the likes of Rogic, Christie, Benkovic all to get game-time.

    “We made four changes from the squad that played the other night and we changed the formation as well to freshen things up a little bit. It’s been difficult to get continuity in the starting line-up, but at the same time, three games in six days has been a big ask for the players. I had to make a few changes to benefit us in the long-term.”

    Neil Lennon spoke in praise of on-form Livingston goalkeeper Liam Kelly, who denied the Hoops on a number of occasions in front of goal. And while suggesting Olly Burke might have scored in the dying moments of the match, the manager said it’s now important to move on and focus on the next match.

    “I thought Olly had scored and I think he knows he should have scored,” added the manager. “The atmosphere in the stadium was the total opposite from last week in terms of the intensity in the game, and sometimes the fans need to be excited.

    “To be fair, I thought the players did everything they could in the first-half, in terms of the quality of football and the chances they created. We just lacked that little bit of punch today.

    “It’ll be good to have a week to prepare for the Aberdeen game at Hampden. We’re still in a good position, we’re 14 points clear. Rangers have a game in hand, they need to win it, but then if they do, it’ll be 11 with five games to go. We’re still in a very strong position, we know what we have to do. I think there’s a lot to be happy about.”

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