David Potter’s Reflections: “a good hammering and the sound of silence from Fir Park”

04
Dec
2017

Posted By kevingraham

Posted in Articles, Match Reports

Well, Motherwell cannot really moan about the refereeing in this game. It was, quite frankly, a good hammering and the sound of silence from Fir Park is very welcome. I think we will not see Motherwell again until March 17. Which other referees will have been cruel to them in the mean time, I wonder?

This was from any viewpoint a very accomplished Celtic performance. Five lovely goals and Odsonne Edouard today won his spurs with three of them. The second goal showed that he can play as well as score goals, and the first was the end result of a brilliant piece of Celtic teamwork. And James Forrest! Shame on all those who used to say dreadful things about him in e-mails and tweets. He is a class act, and getting better

Congratulations to Brendan Rodgers for an excellent team selection.The changes certainly gingered up the team, and the team played with a determination from the start. Often the first half can be sleepy. Not yesterday. The hunger was palpable. Rodgers seemed to choose several players – Scott Sinclair, Mikael Lustig, Tom Rogic – whom he knew would be angry, Sinclair for the shameful treatment he received from the idiots in the Press and on the Fir Park terracing, and Lustig and Rogic because they must have known that they had a sub-standard performance on Wednesday. He also gave Edouard and Ayer a run. Edouard’s performance spoke for itself, and dare we hope that in Ayer we may be beginning to see the classy centre half who can stop the leakage of all these silly goals in Europe?

Olivier Ntcham and Jonny Hayes also performed well. In Hayes’ case, it was probably his best game in a green and white jersey, and he was not afraid to have a go, sadly without the result that he deserved.He worked hard, showed a great deal of pace and teamed up well with the others. His day will come.

The refereeing was generally good and no-one can really complain,  but I would like to know a little more about why that goal was disallowed in the first half. As far as I could see, the linesman did not have his flag up, so why did Mr Clancy talk to him before disallowing the goal? It seemed to me to be a good goal.

However, congratulations to Celtic and to the fans for retaining the atmosphere throughout. Time now to leave Motherwell aside for a spell and address ourselves to Anderlecht. Nothing daft, now, Celtic! No silly goals! No giving the ball away! No allowing Mr Sutton to start using the word “sloppy”! I’d like to see us in Europe in February.

DP

3 Comments

  1. JOHN
    Posted December 4, 2017 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    very succinct and to the point. very well put.

  2. Frank M
    Posted December 4, 2017 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Good, well balanced piece David.

  3. Treble-T
    Posted December 5, 2017 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    I was told that Mr Clancy was asked by the linesman (assistant referee) who got the last touch. The linesman wrongly thought it was a Motherwell player who got the last touch. Clancy Tod him it was a Celtic player and the linesman then called it offside

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