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Brendan Rodgers explains the costly turning point in Feyenoord defeat

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Brendan Rodgers put Celtic’s much criticised defensive wall that crumbled for Feyenoord’s opening goal last night down to ‘players making decisions in-game’.

While annoying at the time conceding a free kick 30 yards from goal in first half stoppage time shouldn’t have been a defining moment in the Champions League group opener.

With every player back around the penalty box it should have been a case of defending the second ball to see the visitors through until half time on level terms.

Joe Hart positioned himself towards his right hand post with a four man wall positioned to cover the other side of his goal.

Four turned to three when Kyogo Furuhashi turned side on while his team-mates jumped in unison allowing Calvin Stengs free kick to head goalwards with Hart scrambling unsuccessfully across goal with the ball ending up in the net.

It was a sickening loss, speaking to The Sun, Rodgers said:

We were playing a team doing very well and scoring a lot of goals but we more than matched them first half.

We’re disappointed with the first goal. We made a decision to adjust the wall in-game and it maybe cost us.

I don’t mind players making decisions in-game, if it works. We were still in the game but in the second half I was really disappointed with the sendings off.

Celtic’s next four Champions League ties will probably be tougher than last night with little sign that the club is moving in the right direction to become competitive at a level where basic errors are fully punished.

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  • John Copeland says:

    Why does any team need a wall from a 28 yards free kick . I’m no tactical wizard but I would think that a wall from that distance would do more harm than good to a goalkeepers vision ?

    • TicToc says:

      Good point and one I’ve often felt too. He stopped one from 12 yards, FFS, so 28 or whatever should NEVER be a problem! The ‘wall’ cost us that last night.
      Fukk it! I’m away out to bite some fukkin pitbulls an rottweillers……

  • Scouse bhoy says:

    Another needless stupid foul close to the half time whistle will they ever learn ?.

  • TicToc says:

    The ‘rot’ set in just after the picture above that introduces this article.
    They were bang-average and we were fukkin rank bar Liam Scales and Daizen Maeda.
    (I’ll eventually get all the shit from last night outa my system, I hope……)

    • Clachnacuddin and the Hoops says:

      Rot set in – in Rotterdam when the dam burst in injury time culminating in a Rotten Result…

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