Grif­fiths back with a bang on Celtic re­turn

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER -

LEIGH GRIF­FITHS over­came the “dark times” of be­ing side­lined for six weeks by re­turn­ing to score the third goal in Celtic’s 3-0 Lad­brokes Pre­mier­ship win at Hamil­ton.

The Hoops striker had been ab­sent since the 6-0 win over St John­stone on Oc­to­ber 7 due to a calf prob­lem and ill­ness. The 28-year-old started on the bench, but af­ter re­plac­ing Od­sonne Edouard in the 73rd minute, he drilled in a 25-yard free-kick nine min­utes later. “It is al­ways nice to be back on the pitch,” Grif­fiths said. “It was dark times, a lot of frus­tra­tion, but you just have to get on with it.”

Goals from Ryan Chris­tie and Scott Sin­clair — which owed a lot to the de­flec­tion off Hamil­ton mid­fielder Scott Martin — had put Celtic 2-0 up be­fore Grif­fiths’ in­tro­duc­tion.

Man­ager Bren­dan Rodgers said: was a good win, a good re­sult.” “It Sta­dium. Farke said: “We are en­joy­ing the mo­ment. But we are also greedy to win as many points as pos­si­ble.”

Swansea skip­per Mike van der Hoorn di­verted the ball into his own net be­fore Emil­iano Buen­dia placed a shot into the net. Marco Stieper­mann tapped in from close range. Daniel James lifted the gloom, but Teemu Pukki scored to com­plete the vic­tory. league games. But boss Karanka said: “We are show­ing we are still im­prov­ing and I’m re­ally pleased.”

Once Lewis Grab­ban seized upon a des­per­ate mis­take from Hull de­fender Jordy De Wijs af­ter 61 min­utes, the game was ef­fec­tively over. Joe Lol­ley dou­bled For­est’s lead three min­utes later, al­beit via a de­flec­tion. when Her­nan­dez headed home Sa­muel Saiz’s per­fect cross min­utes from time.

“I thought they were lucky,” City boss Lee John­son said.

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