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  • Manager: Draw was frustrating but team knows its job from here

    Manager: Draw was frustrating but team knows its job from here

    By: Joe Donnelly on 21 Apr, 2019 16:21

  • CELTIC were held to a goalless draw against Hibernian at Easter Road today (Sunday), in what was the Hoops’ first game of the Scottish Premiership split. After the match, Neil Lennon described the result as frustrating and rued a handful of missed chances, despite the heroics of Hibs goalkeeper Ofir Marciano.

    With four games of the domestic campaign now remaining, the Scottish champions are still nine points clear at the top of the league table, and the manager was keen to highlight what he viewed as a better second-half performance after a disappointing first period in the capital.

    “I thought we were worthy of more than a point today, but to be fair, their goalkeeper made some world-class saves,” said the manager. “By all accounts, he got Man of the Match, which I think says a lot about what we were doing well in the second-half. I didn’t think we played well at all in the first-half, but the second-half was better.

    “At half-time, I wanted more from the players. We didn’t start the game well, we were pedestrian, but after 20 minutes, I thought we looked much more like ourselves. We were a bit slack in the final third, and it was only the last 10-15 minutes that I thought we looked like scoring.

    "At that point, the game had opened up and Hibs had started to tire. We created good gaps at times, but I felt that our decision-making was poor.”

    Neil Lennon said his players still know what’s required of them in order to clinch an eighth consecutive league title, and stressed that they must approach each game from here on with the same directness and intensity as they did during last week’s comprehensive 3-0 win over Aberdeen at Hampden in the Scottish Cup semi-final.   

    The manager added: “Today, we lacked physicality at times. We lacked energy, and we lacked quality. The second-half was a lot better than the first. We’re not getting panicky, we’re dictating our own destiny here, and we have to dictate it a bit better than we have done the past two league games. We’ve got to approach and start games with a better tempo.

    “If we’re going for the title, you’ve got to win the games, and at times we're up and down at the minute. I’ve told the players what I expect from here on in.”

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