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League (Premier League)
Lee Sharp (86)
Stéphane Mahe (68)
Henrik Larsson (88)
1. Robert Douglas
5. Steven Tweed
15. Lee Sharp
4. Willie Miller
17. Frank van Eijs
2. Barry Smith
12. Shaun McSkimming
20. Lee Wilkie
8. Gavin Rae
7. Steven Boyack
9. Eddie Annand
13. Jamie Langfield
3. Lee Maddison
6. Robbie Raeside
25. Michael Yates
10. James Grady
James Grady for Frank van Eijs (66)
Michael Yates for Willie Miller (70)
Craig Burley for Paul Lambert (26)
Bobby Petta for Lubomír Moravcik (58)
Johan Mjällby for Mark Viduka (86)
Frank van Eijs
|None.||Vidar Riseth (85)|
John Rowbotham (Referee)
Twelve months previously, a last minute Eddie Annand penalty rescued an ever so valuable point for the 'Dee against Celtic.
And, to all intents and purposes, this looked like being an action replay when Lee Sharp equalised with three minutes left on the clock against ten man Celtic.
Undaunted though, Celtic struck back deep into injury time to snatch the points in this far from classic encounter.
The Dark Blues had done their home work and for most of the match, their game plan to frustrate the opposition worked well with play rarely flowing freely
The untidiness of the opening goal mirrored the afternoon's entertainment. Petta sent over a cross from the right which Mahe appeared to use an arm to control. The 'Dees defence stopped and the Frenchman duly noted. In the aftermath of that goal, Celtic squandered a couple of chances to put the game beyond the reach of the Dark Blues. If the previous 87 minutes had been less than memorable, then the last three minutes brought high drama at both ends.
First Celtic found themselves reduced to ten men after Riseth was red-carded for a challenge on Eddie Annand that was both high and late. From the free-kick, Steven Boyack superb cross was headed back across goal by James Grady for Lee Sharp to nod in the equaliser.
But with a point almost within touching distance, it was snatched away by a last gasp winner. Tebily delivered a long throw from which Gavin Rae failed to get any power in his clearance. The ball fell to Larsson who finding himself unmarked promptly beat Robert Douglas at his near post.
It was a disappointing way for a battling performance to end.
The game did mark the debut of Lee Wilkie, but his performance bore all the hallmarks of a veteran rather than a 19-year old rookie.
|Robert Douglas (GK)||-||5||-||86||-|
|Frank van Eijs||-||3||-||3||-|
|Michael Yates (sub)||-||4||-||4||-|
|James Grady (sub)||28||3||-||75||21|
No league table has been added for this season.
Celtic, this afternoon's visitors, made a terrific start to the season, so we were always acutely aware of how difficult a match this was going to be,
Their defeat last Sunday, definitely makes our task even harder, and I hope that we don't get caught up in the backlash of their reversal by Dundee United at Tannadice.
For our part, we go into the match after two confidence boosting results.
After acquiring our first Premier win of the season at Pittodrie, we were again amongst the goals during the week with our 4-0 defeat of Dumbarton in the CIS Insurance Cup.
At Pittodrie last week, first our performance was by half far the more impressive, and, this again proved to be the case against Dumbarton.
Indeed, had we been more disciplined after establishing a 3-0 interval lead, we would almost certainly have posted an even bigger winning margin.
But, being a cup tie, the all important thing was to get through, which we did, and there was the added bonus of recording a clean sheet for the second time in three days.
Additionally, Lee Sharp played the full game with Frank van Eijs, Robbie Raeside and Shaun McSkimming all playing part of the tie, giving them all valuable match practice.
Since the start of the season, as you will no doubt be aware, we have had, and currently have, a number of players on trial as I look to add to the first team pool.
As for this afternoon's match, I hope that we can build on not just the Pittodrie result, but on the performance in the way we want to play the game.
Certainly, results over the past seven days and continuing to find the net regularly is vital in terms of confidence as we approach our softest test of the season so far.