Fir Park – The Last Word on Motherwell 1 Celtic 4

Ok, first things first. Brilliant, brilliant 3 points. This was a Motherwell side that was on a good run of form and would have been right up for taking on our underperforming squad.

Andrew Dallas in charge again means that he’s now reffed 1 in 4 of our matches this season so far. That’s a crazy statistic when it comes to that sort of thing. I’d love to know how many times we’ll see him in and around our games? For me, there’s a few that stand out, with Dallas, Ross, Beaton and Froome being the worst of the worst.

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Now, I know we still conceded, but the defence definitely didn’t give me the fainting spells it has of late. I knew for a fact that Neil Lennon would bring the lumbering Shane Duffy back in for a cameo at some point during the game and Ajer’s injury ensured he wouldn’t even have to explain it.

Changes were still made too late and we, yet again, couldn’t put an entire 90 minute performance together.

Motherwell outshot us 11 to 10 in attempts on goal and 3 to 2 attempts on target in the second half. When we have dominated a team to the extent we did in that first half then to come out second best in the next 45 is unacceptable. The fact we actually won both 45s is immaterial. We should be able to dominate a team in Scotland for an entire game by this point in the season. I would rather have seen us not add to the scoreboard in the second half but simply dominate the game and bring it home 2-0.

Brown had a reasonable game but also made some howling errors. He managed to regain possession most times but against better opposition, he’d have been made to look like the liability he’s fast becoming. I’d rather see him in a “shore things up” role, perhaps coming on to see out a crucial win or to help inspire a comeback. He’s the last 20-25mins of a game player now and not a starter in my opinion.

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Rogic should be given a new contract immediately.

Elyounnoussi is an enigma. One minute he looks like he can’t be bothered, the next minute he’s knocking in a hat-trick and breaking the high jump record while heading in Elhamed’s inch-perfect cross.

Ajeti’s turn and shot, which hit the post for the first of Moi’s three goals, was sublime. he’s a player I really like and until Eddie gets his head out his backside then he should start with Griff upfront.

Frimpong was the victim of a disgusting assault that Dallas saw and deemed a yellow card offence. Andrew Dallas should be hauled over the coals for this. How can he say he saw that and decided it only merited a yellow is unsupportable.


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