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  • Matthews: I was following captain's orders

    Matthews: I was following captain's orders

    By: Mark Henderson on 18 Jan, 2015 11:47

  • ADAM Matthews says he was simply following captain’s orders when he struck Celtic’s spectacular opening goal in yesterday’s vital victory over Hamilton Accies.

    After being picked out by Kris Commons down the right in the 32nd minute, the full-back took drove forward towards the box and heard a shout from Scott Brown, urging him to pull the trigger.

    He decided to comply with the skipper’s command. It proved to be a sound judgement as his ferocious shot whizzed beyond Michael McGovern’s despairing drive into the top corner.

    The Welshman’s effort gave the Hoops a crucial breakthrough against the home side, who had offered stubborn resistance in the first half.

    An intense sell of pressure early in the second half resulted in a second goal for Ronny Deila’s men as teenager Liam Henderson drilled in an accurate finish.

    The Scottish champions maintained their two-goal cushion for the remainder of the match to collect maximum reward and stay hot on the heels of Aberdeen, now just two points behind and with two games in hand over the Dons.

    And while delighted to have plundered his first goal in 18 months, Matthews told Celtic TV that the three points took precedence over personal glory.

    “It was good build-up play,” he said. “Kris Commons played a good ball to me, and after I took my first touch, Browny shouted, ‘Shoot!’, so I didn’t think twice and luckily for me it went into the top corner. It was a nice strike but the most important thing was winning the game.

    “The first 60 minutes was one of the best we have played all season, especially in the first half, when we caused them a lot of problems and could have scored a lot of goals.

    “But we scored two good goals and we're happy with the three points and the way we played and now we will be looking to kick on against Motherwell on Wednesday. All we could do was apply the pressure and that’s what we have done, not just with the result but the performance as well.”

    Along with his well-taken goal, 18-year-old Henderson turned in another impressive performance for the Hoops following his dazzling display against Rugby Park at the start of the month.

    “Liam has been brilliant for us,” said Matthews. “Even last season, you could see how good a player he is, when he played a few games.

    “He has showed that in training this season, at Kilmarnock with the way he played and then against Hamilton with his goal.”

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