Ross County winger Josh Mullin has spoken out on trying to chip Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster on Saturday.
The youngster had a fine performance at Celtic Park, but really lacked a finishing touch. He got in behind our defence on three separate occasions in the first half, but failed to beat Celtic’s big Englishman.
One of his most glaring chances came as Forster tried to step out of his goals. Instead of rifling a low effort towards goal, however, the Mullin instead tried to lob him. It went way over the bar and the chance was gone.
And speaking to the Press and Journal about his decision, the County man admitted he won’t be trying to chip our number one next time.
“Afterwards, you think about what you could have done differently, but it’s just one of those days. Next time, I’ll put my foot through it.
“Usually, I’m all about power, but I saw him off his line. It bounced up and sat and I went with the inside of my foot to try and lob him.
“Against a team such as Celtic, if you do not take those chances, you are going to get punished and that is exactly what happened. There’s a slight frustration in the fact we felt we should have scored.”
County made to rue more than one missed chance
The chip over Forster wasn’t even their most glaring chance of the afternoon. Mullin set up Blair Spittal with a tremendous low cross that he should’ve buried to make it 1-0.
Mullin can take heart from the fact he got a lot of joy out of Jonny Hayes and Jozo Simunovic. From our point of view, however, it was frustrating to see us caught out so often with long balls over the top.
St Johnstone will likely look to do something similar tomorrow night against us. With Stevie May and Michael O’Halloran mostly about pace, it wouldn’t be surprising if Saints believe they’ve spotted something here.
Of course, hopefully we’ll find out whether we have Kristoffer Ajer back later on today when Neil Lennon takes to his presser. Jozo has been struggling to look sharp since his return from injury, and with so little margin for error in this title race, we have to play with our strongest XI on a consistent basis.
Never have County come to Celtic Park and looked so creative. In terms of their own performance, they’ll see it as the best performance they’ve ever put in at Parkhead in their history.
However, from our perspective, it was glaringly obvious that our own deficiencies let us down. Hopefully, we see an improvement tomorrow night.