Nomme Kalju manager says Celtic defeat was "an injustice"

By David Walton

July 31, 2019

Nomme Kalju manager Roman Kozhukhovski has stated that his side’s defeat to Celtic was an injustice.

Kalju were bossed in Tallinn as Celtic strolled to a 2-0 success on the night. An own goal in the first 10 minutes set up a simple night for the Hoops. Marian Shved would then slam home a fine effort from just outside the area to seal the win on his debut.

It was as routine as you can get in European competition. Kalju failed to lay a glove on Celtic all night. Their only real openings came from a few set-pieces and occasions where their wingers found a touch of space. Nothing was ever too troubling, however.

Celtic proved a class above Nomme Kalju over two legs (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

But going by Kozhukhovski’s reaction, you would think we were up against it last night with our backs against the wall. Here’s what he told PostTimees of Estonia.

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“I’m not happy with the result, but I’m happy with the game. All men kept their performances to a maximum. I think it was an injustice to lose with such a performance.

“We had good passes and presses from defence to attack, which resulted in a number of promising attacks. Of course, we should bear in mind that it’s difficult to play against such teams first away and then at home.”

An injustice? Kalju offered absolutely nothing

Kozhukhovski must’ve been watching a different game from the rest of us. Either that or he just chose to shut his eyes when Celtic were on the ball, which would’ve been for about 80 minutes of the match.

The Hoops never had to get out second gear. They cut Kalju open within the first 10 minutes to go 1-0 ahead, and from there on it was men against boys. The Estonians managed to force one or two ropey moments from the Celtic defence. But it certainly wasn’t anything to write home about.

Kalju will be glad to see the back of Celtic (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

As well as the two goals Celtic scored, the likes of Olivier Ntcham, Leigh Griffiths, and Marian Shved all came close to scoring on different occasions. Kalju, in truth, can count themselves fortunate it wasn’t another going over.

Midfielder Sander Puri also backed his manager in claiming that Kalju performed well (PostTimees). But there was nothing unlucky about them going down to Celtic. In the end, it was just a matter of class.

The hard work was done last week (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

If that was Kalju on a good day, goodness knows what they’ll be like on a bad one. Celtic played with them for long spells last night, and once again got another European win on the board. Cluj are now up next for the Hoops in Europe, with the first leg taking place next Tuesday

As for Kalju, they’ll now face Dudelange in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.