'Well Beaten at Parkhead

Last updated : 22 January 2005 By Firparkcorner

With Leitch suspended and O'Donnell not yet recovered our midfield looked rather threadbare. We kicked off and the pattern of the game was soon established. Most of the play took place in front of our eighteen yard area but we had occasional excursions to the other end to relieve the pressure.

Marsh grabs a corner

We had a couple of shots from McDonald in the first half (both off target) and a couple of corners. Other than that we relied on stout defending to keep the attacks at bay.

Partridge demonstrated his committment with three full blooded tackles on the twenty minute mark.

A needless loss of possession by Quinn just after the half hour allowed Petrov to find space and despite a couple of desperate lunges his shot found the corner of the net. Marshall got a hand to it but we were one down.

The talk at halftime among the three hundred or so 'Well fans was that we were still very much in the game and that we had to avoid losing a goal early in the second session.

Although we started brightly enough with a couple of good passing moves we set Celtic up for the second goal just ten minutes into the half. McDonald was the culprit this time. His poor attempt at a pass was intercepted by Sutton on the halfway line and with most of the midfield and defence now out of position the striker soon found himself with only Marshall to beat and he found the net.

The game was over as a contest at that stage. Terry made a few substitutions: Clarkson and Paterson were replaced by Fagan and Fitzpatrick, later Wright came on for Foran.

We made little impression on the big Celtic defence despite making every effort. While Clarkson covered every blade of grass and McDonalds' quick turns and pacy determination were a threat the fact remains that Rab Douglas had only one save to make in the entire ninety minutes.

The good news on the day was that Kilie lost and Hearts gained only the one point. We hold our position in the table and have a home match to anticipate next week. Let's get back to winning ways!