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Eddie Wolecki Black: Our consistency is remarkable

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Eddie Wolecki Black Our consistency is remarkable

Eddie Wolecki Black hailed his on form Celtic side after they made it four wins in a row and said the only negative he could find, was the goal conceded in the one-sided victory.

Celtic strolled to their fourth comprehensive victory on the bounce with a 5-1 win over Spartans in the capital, and while the only fault he could find was Caley Gibb’s goal shortly after the restart, he was delighted to see the Celts restore their two-goal advantage just minutes later.

Goals from Kelly Clark, Josephine Giard and a Sarah Ewens hat-trick seen Celtic run away with an eventual 5-1 win in Edinburgh, seeing them enter the final day level on points with Hibs.

And having secured three vital points from their game in hand, Wolecki Black said it was a near perfect outing. 

"It's never easy when a game has been abandoned and you feel like you were in control, but the replay has to be 90 minutes, so we had that time to get it done.

“The only black mark I'd put on the day is that we conceded. I'm very happy with the performance,” he began.

But he couldn’t praise his side’s response enough as they immediately pressed the hosts again to see Ewens grab her second and make it 3-1, burying any hopes of a Spartans revival.

He said: “It kills the game for Spartans because it comes at such an important time. I can't fault this team for responding all season, it's remarkable to think we've played 20 league games and won 15. We've been very consistent and we've shown we've got the ability.”

With Giard hitting four in her last four, and Ewens flying with eight in the last four, the manager commented on his strike force’s great form of late and how happy he was with their leading the line.

“Josi is very much on target just now and that's started with Motherwell, so it's a great return for her. She works so hard and is an example for everyone at the club.

“At the start of the season I told Sarah, "if you're going to be a main striker for Celtic, you need to get at least 20 a season," and with the chances we create that shouldn't be too difficult to do, and she's done it with a game to go so I'm delighted for her.”

And with another 90 minutes for fullback Cara McBrearty and a full debut for Cara Henderson, he explained how his squad’s depth is a strength not to be forgotten.

“You can see her confidence is getting higher, and getting 90 last week probably helped too. She scored a fantastic goal that was chopped off, so it wasn't to be. But it shows there's no fear given that anyone is a regular starter, everyone has the opportunity to contribute. 

“No doubt Cara Henderson may have been a bit nervous coming into a team that is winning well and regularly, but to compete so well in that midfield against a team like Spartans, who are no mugs, is brilliant for her,” he said.

Celtic now face Stirling Uni in the final SWPL1 game of 2019 on Sunday, November 17. Kick-off 2pm.


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