Lennon delighted with Celtic's dominant performance
Celtic manager Neil Lennon was delighted with his side’s 1-0 victory over Hamilton Accies on Saturday, securing the best start to a league season for the Scottish champions since 2010!
With five wins out of five, the scoreline may have flattered Accies but despite a couple of wee scares it was another dominant performance from the reigning champions in the first game back after the international break.
New bhoy Mohamed Elyounoussi made an immediate impact on his debut as the Norwegian international set up James Forrest’s seventh goal of the season just minutes into the game. And despite it looking like a rout was on the cards - Accies’ deep defensive tactics, as well as their horrendous and shameful excuse of a football pitch, made it difficult to ultimately extend their lead despite all three points eventually being secured.
Speaking to the official Celtic website, Lennon said: “I’m delighted, we dominated the game from start to finish. Obviously, when you get the early goal you’re thinking it could be more but I thought first half we were outstanding at times. In the second half, we hit the bar and you always need that second goal to put a gloss on the scoreline and reflect the performance.
“The pitch was very dry and sticky which made it difficult to play the kind of flowing football we want to play so it’s a brilliant win, an absolutely brilliant win off the back of a two-week break. That’s five wins out of five in the league and I’ve been told that’s the first time that’s happened in a while so you can see how difficult that is to do.”
“It was really important we made a good start and we did that. It was a great goal, great flowing move and there was a lot of that in the first half. We didn’t work the goalkeeper enough for my liking.
“Jamesy was a constant threat all day. He hit the bar and if that went in the game would have been a lot more comfortable than it was. In the end, it felt very comfortable, I don’t remember Fraser or my defence having any anxiety at all today.
“You have to remember Hamilton are motivated, they’re playing a big team and want to show what they can do. They had two blocks of five and four to break down and they made it very difficult. It takes two teams to make a game at times.
“I’m delighted with Mo. He made a really good impact, he was nice and composed and set up the goal. It’s a great start for him and I’m delighted for him. He’s had a long time out of the game where he’s been in and out of the Southampton team so hopefully, that’ll settle him and he feels part of a really good squad now.”