Uk news Neil Lennon 'absolutely delighted' by Celtic performance in win over St Mirren MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The Hoops closed the gap to three points at the top with a win in Paisley.
Breaking News ! Celtic manager Neil Lennon insists he was "absolutely delighted" with his team's performance as they overcame St Mirren in Paisley. The champions fell behind early on, but Shane Duffy's equaliser and a James Forrest header saw them move to within three points of the summit. Despite the narrow margin of victory the Celtic manager heaped praise on his team's performance after the final whistle. Lennon told BBC Scotland: "We reacted very well to a poor start, conceding from a set play is always very disappointing. "But our reaction was excellent and we played with real intensity in the first half and fully deserved to go in in front at half time. Read More Related Articles 3 talking points as James Forrest sees Celtic past dogged St Mirren to close the gap at the top "Two really good goals, and then second half we dominated albeit St Mirren defended really, really low. "We worked the ball, we tried to probe, our attitude toward scoring was great. "We got the penalty to go 3-1 up (and that) would have put a more fair reflection on the scoreline from my point of view. "So I'm absolutely delighted, we have used the game in hand to win and it and now we've closed the gap on the teams above us. "We got into Saturday now looking forward to another good performance." Both goals came from headers, with Duffy heading in on a free-kick before Forrest converted a Ryan Christie cross. Lennon said: "Shane is obviously a big threat, the delivery was fantastic and he goes and makes it happen. (Image: SNS Group) "He was disappointed with his role in the goal we conceded and his reaction to that was fantastic. "Then the second goal is something we work on, those sort of balls in from the angle. "And for James Forrest to control that header with so much pace on the cross for a totally emphatic finish - really, really pleased with that. "In the main I'm pleased with the performance, I thought we deserved more out of the game but we didn't get that.
. "When you're piling on the pressure, when you win a corner or a free-kick, when you create opportunities you get this intensity and roar from the crowd which is what we're all missing at the minute.
St Mirren 1 Celtic 2 RECAP: Neil Lennon's side secure hard fought win in Paisley
"So you have to understand that from the players' point of view. "But like I said it's great win, great three points and we've made the most of the extra game." The result means Celtic can go top of the table against Livingston on Saturday, with Rangers not in action until the following day. Lennon acknowledged: "It's a game we're very much looking forward to. "But we know Livingston have caused us problems in the past, so we'll have a couple of day's recovery and we'll focus on the game at the weekend." The scoreline could have been more comfortable, but Odsonne Edouard missed the first penalty of his professional career.
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After the match Lennon was asked if there will be a debate among his players over who should hit the next one. He laughed: "It's not started yet but I imagine it'll rumble on for a week or two! "To be fair to Odsonne it's the first one he's missed and I thought Zlamal had a fine game tonight considering he's only been here a week or so. "It was a great penalty save, but we'll discuss that as we go along."
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Lennon stated before the match he'd be happy if no more business is done in this window, and he was asked whether fans should expect any more arrivals. He responded: "I don't know, is the answer. "I'll speak to Nick (Hammond, sporting director) and Peter (Lawwell, chief executive) over the next couple of days. "But like I said but if we don't do any more business I'm delighted with the squad we've got."
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