Celtic let two-goal lead slip in dramatic fashion late on

Mon, Nov 5, 2012, 00:00

Dundee Utd 2 Celtic 2:DUNDEE UNITED came from two behind in dramatic fashion to grab an unlikely share of the points against sloppy Celtic in their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at Tannadice.

The Hoops were leading through goals from Miku, his first for the club since signing on loan from Getafe in the summer, and Tony Watt, and looked certain to take the points back to Glasgow.

However, in the final minute of normal time United substitute Gary Mackay-Steven, on for Richie Ryan, scored what looked like a late consolation only for Efe Ambrose, on for the injured Thomas Rogne, to put a Barry Douglas cross past his own goalkeeper Fraser Forster in injury time.

Celtic went back top of the SPL table but it was not the end to the game manager Neil Lennon was looking for ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League clash with Barcelona at Celtic Park.

When Celtic’s landmark opener from Miku arrived it was well deserved. Wanyama combined with Watt, who played in the Venezuelan, and he calmly chipped the ball over Cierzniak from 10 yards and raced to take the acclaim of the Celtic fans, before picking up a booking by referee Willie Collum for his troubles.

The home side had only themselves to blame when Watt grabbed the Hoops’ second with 10 minutes remaining. A poor clearance from Cierzniak arrived at the feet of the teenage striker and he bore down on goal before rifling in a shot before he too was booked for leaving the pitch.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon felt his side had encountered some misfortune. Lennon told Sky Sports 4: “It was very frustrating. We didn’t deal with a couple of balls into our box which is unfortunate – I just think we were unfortunate.

“When you miss easy chances you give teams encouragement. We just needed to see it out, which we didn’t.

“The performance was good – for 85 minutes we were superb. I don’t think we got what we deserved which was three points. I’m frustrated but happy with the team.”

Opposite number Peter Houston added: “It’s something I think we deserved to get out of the game, I thought we put a lot in.”

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