UK time is: 14:09:26
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Lack Of Confidence Cost Us At Celtic

Craig Levein believes it was a lack of confidence which cost his side all three points at Parkhead on Boxing day.

Leading 2-0 with just 15minutes to go, it looked like Dundee United would win at Celtic's home ground for the 1st time in exactly 14 years.

However, 2 goals in 2 minutes from Darren O'Dea and Shunsuke Nakamura gave Celtic a 2-2 draw and saved their 100% unbeaten home record for the whole of 2006.

"Out confidence has been improving week upon week, but its still strong enough to come here and do the things we`ve been doing previously, because it we had done we would have closed the match out," said Levein.

"We pressed the game for an hour and didn`t let Celtic play and we were in control of the match"

"That was our game plan, because they`ve got better players than us. We did so, and got two good goals, well I consider them to be good goals."

"The disappointing thing for me was that we allowed Celtics first goal to affect us even more. We got deeper and started defending at the edge of the box."

"From experience of playing at Celtic Park and managing teams there, I know if Celtic get a goal the crowd get a lift and the players get a lift. They can then pin you back,"

"I don't know if you can have both emotions at the same time I was delighted at getting a point, but gutted at not getting all three."

When a team comes away from Parkhead disappointed with a draw, then it tells you something about how well they played, but you can never take anything for granted in the closing stages against Celtic.

"If you asked me before the game if Id take my point I'd say yes, but if you asked me with 20 minutes to go, Id say no," said Levein.

"I know it's a point at Celtic Park, but it is a wasted opportunity. We were in control until their first goal."

"I think there's more to come from the players. If they can translate the believe that I have in them on to the park, they would be a better team."

Related Links
Vital Football:
Dundee United Site
Latest SPL News
More United News:
News Archive
Nakamura 2-2 Dundee United
14years Since Parkhead Win
Ref Shouldnt Have Awarded Penalty
Hunt Was Difference In 1-0 Defeat
Ivanauskas Insists Gordon Wasnt Well
SPL Looks Bad For Chasing Brewster
No Top 6 Talk At Tannadice
Have Your Say:
Dundee United Forums
All SPL Forums




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Arab Jacques Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 28 2006

Time: 1:14PM

Your Comments

I don't think it was a lack of confidence as much as a sense fo disbelief. The players would have been prepared for lots of things before the match but surely not being 2-0 up with 12 minutes left!
bvw1909
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Dundee United Articles

Defender arrives (Tuesday July 29 2014)

Tangerines striker targeted (Tuesday July 29 2014)

Defender completes move (Tuesday July 29 2014)

Single goal enough (Monday July 28 2014)

Striker comes back fighting (Friday July 25 2014)

United accept improved bid (Friday July 25 2014)

Dates change for United (Friday July 25 2014)

Tangerines reject increased offer (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Debut in defeat (Monday July 21 2014)

Defender carried off in romp (Saturday July 19 2014)

Archived Dundee United Articles

List All Vital Arabs Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Breaking League News

Newcomer in squad
Celtic : 29/07/2014 22:18:00
Defender arrives
Dundee United : 29/07/2014 16:54:00
Tangerines striker targeted
Dundee United : 29/07/2014 15:34:00
Defender completes move
Dundee United : 29/07/2014 15:30:00
Goals pledge from newcomer
Celtic : 29/07/2014 13:54:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Would Sunderland be a bad career move for John Souttar?
Suggested By:  Vital Arabs
Yes 80%
No 20%