Ange Postecoglou takes the blame for Celtic’s failure to beat Midtjylland in the Champions League
Lacking fresh faces, the Australian was denied a winning start after a second-half free kick from Evander canceled Yale Abada’s opener.
Nir Beaton undermined Celtic’s chances of winning in the first leg by sending him off just before the first half with a fine goal and he appears to be on the rise.
Anzhi Postecoglou took responsibility for Celtic’s failure to beat Midtigland in the Champions League
The Scottish team has it all in the second leg after conceding an away goal
Fingers were also pointed at Vassilis Barkas after the Greek goalkeeper failed to tackle Evander’s shot from an acute angle in the 66th minute.
Determined to take the blame for a result that was disappointing but not disastrous, though, Postecoglou said: “I’m confident tonight I’ll go out there and do well. I can’t ask more guys.
Sometimes the result contradicts the facts in front of you.
“We will be better prepared without a doubt, in eight days.
“Actually, I don’t think we’ll be as badly prepared as we were tonight and that’s on me, for such an important match.
Lille Abada put Celtic ahead in the 39th minute before dropping to 10 men
We have eight more days. I am confident with our preparation and energy, we will do well. Leave it to me.’
Abada was the only new signing to start last night but Postecoglou didn’t see the lack of new faces as a flaw.
“I don’t think I’m at a disadvantage, my role is to try to support these players and try to prepare them as best I can for what’s ahead,” he stressed.
To be honest, I haven’t done a great job yet, because with the turmoil we’ve had, we haven’t been able to get the players involved.
My role is to try and strengthen this team and try to prepare this team for what lies ahead, thanks to the fact that the guys didn’t look for excuses tonight.
“They put in a solid turnaround, and I’m only disappointed they didn’t get the rewards for what I thought was a great performance.”
Already earning a yellow card for an earlier foul, Peyton protested vigorously with Anders Dreyer late in the first half after the former St Mirren’s player apparently slipped back in an effort to win a penalty.
Released by Swiss referee Sandro Schaerer in second yellow and red, Peyton’s overtaking resulted in the sacrifice of top scorer Abada with teenager Dane Murray dumping him on his competitive start.
Although Dreyer would have packed himself 11 minutes into the first half, Midtjeland squared the match through Evander to give the Danes the advantage in the second round of qualifying.
Nir Beaton has been sent off after clashing with Anders Dreyer while he was already on a yellow card بطاقة
When asked if he was frustrated at Bitton, Postecoglou replied: “I was frustrated with the result, as I said, not the performance, but the yoke was already booked and when you did, you should be careful with your actions.
When you violate again, you give the referee the opportunity to give you another warning.
“It’s disappointing for him more than anything, because he was really keen to put in a solid performance.
“He started the match well for us, so it’s disappointing that he missed the second match as well.”
Barcas looked at the error in the Danes’ equaliser but his manager refused to recognize it.
“I’m getting a lot of half-empty questions right now,” he said. I think there were a lot of positives tonight rather than people looking for little things that might not go well.
“I thought it was a good shot, we limited them to a few shots on target with a brand new four defence.
Postecoglou insisted his team would be better prepared for the second match in eight days
“The midfield took off his socks. The amount of running that Soro, Cal and Ryan Christie did was unbelievable.
There is nothing I am disappointed in tonight. I’m frustrated with the result because the players didn’t get the result I thought they deserved.
I am the football club manager. I am responsible for providing support to the players and staff.
“If things don’t happen, I have to make them happen.”