First Team

Daniel Stendel: Post-Celtic reaction

18th December 2019

Daniel Stendel has called on his team to build on their battling performance against Celtic when they visit Hamilton this coming Saturday.

The Jambos lost 2-0 to the league leaders on Wednesday evening but the manner in which they went about their business left the new manager with no doubt that his team are capable of turning things around.

“We wanted to change our performance today from the one on Saturday, and we did it well in the first 20 minutes. It was hard for my team to accept going a goal down with one shot but when you make a mistake against a team with Celtic’s qualities, that can happen," said Daniel.

"In the second half the reaction was good, we didn’t just retreat and try to cover our goal and defend, I think we tried to play in front but we missed quality and a bit of luck in the final third to create big chances. But we had some good situations in the second half and deserved a goal.

“Celtic deserved to win because they had more big chances, but it was a good feeling for me to have so much support from the stands and I hope we continue to get this going forward because my players needed to change that experience and it was a positive one for them.

“Everyone can see we took a step forward today, we’d all like to make bigger steps but there is a feeling that we can do it. Saturday is the next game and the next step now is to win some points, and when my players can be more invested in games and win points, and we get some players back, we can have a good future."