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  • Manager frustrated after goalless draw

    Manager frustrated after goalless draw

    By: Martin Dalziel on 27 Dec, 2014 18:43

  • CELTIC boss Ronny Deila was left frustrated today (Saturday) after his side failed to find a way past Ross County's defence in the Hoops 0-0 draw with the Staggies.

    The Scottish champions dominated possession and created a host of chances, as well as winning 15 corners, but failed to convert their opportunities into goals against a stubborn County backline.

    The Celtic boss said: “It was a very frustrating game. We had the ball for 90 minutes but didn’t manage to break them down and get the tempo up.

    “With so much possession we need to create more and that’s what’s disappointing today.

    “It’s about learning to deal with teams like this but it’s not the last time we’re going to meet a side that will sit in. They did it well and we have to give them credit for that but we needed to create more than we did and that was disappointing.”

    The Bhoys squandered a string of chances and hit the bar in the second half but couldn’t find a way past the visitors.

    John Guidetti, Callum McGregor and Leigh Griffiths all went close but a combination of Antonio Reguero in the County goal and the cross bar denied the Hoops a win.

    The manager added that if the Hoops had scored early like they did in their 5-0 thrashing of Ross County in October then things may have been different but said his team must now work on breaking sides down in training.

    “If you can get an early goal against these teams it’s important because they have to attack and then there’s more space but in the end it was a lack of creativity and tempo,” he said.

    “We had a lot of crosses that we need to get more in front of the players to create chances.

    “We played with two strikers because we wanted more crosses and more players on the pitch that can score goals.

    “We have to work in training now every day and really go through what we can do to get that going.

    “We know John Guidetti can score goals, he has done it before and has played good games. He hasn’t become a bad player in a month. It’s just small details we need to turn around.

    “He has been out for a long time and came in with a lot of energy, now it’s dipping a bit but he will turn it around. My challenge is to get that back as quick as possible.

    “His ambition is very high and he is more disappointed than everyone else.”

    The Celtic boss also said that he empathised with the Celtic fans who left the ground disappointed after the draw.

    He added: “I understand the fans’ frustration. I am frustrated too. We worked hard, commitment was good, it was just the quality in the last third.

    “That’s nothing to do with fighting harder - it’s about getting the quality into the team.

    “We have created a lot of chances this year but this time we didn’t manage to score. That’s the disappointing part.

    “We should have created much more.”

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