Neil Lennon accused Celtic of conceding “crazy, suicidal” goals against CFR Cluj as they suffered a shock Champions League qualifying defeat.The Scottish champions were beaten 4-3 in Glasgow on Tuesday to lose the tie 5-4 on aggregate and miss out on a play-off match against Slavia Prague.Celtic were 1-0 down at half-time but moved 2-1 up through James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard, only for Abdel Billel Omrani to level the scores from the penalty spot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The hosts hit back through Ryan Christie but Omrani struck again to make it 3-3 before George Tucudean made Cluj’s passage to the next round secure with the last kick of the game.Celtic manager Lennon admitted his team were not good enough in the first half and felt they threw the lead away with their poor defending.”The goals we conceded are crazy,” he told BBC Radio Scotland. “You’ve got to do the basics well – you’ve got to stop crosses, close people down, get your head on things – and it was almost as if we scored and wanted to switch off and control the game.”In the first half, we were way too passive, way too slow with the tempo, so we gave them a bit of a razz at half-time and we got the right response going 2-1 up. But we needed that two-goal cushion. It’s suicidal the goals we gave away.”The first goal, we got a warning before that, and we still didn’t stop the cross and the guy’s got across for a run. If you don’t do the basics defensively well enough then, at this level, you get punished.”We’ve let it go. We’ve only ourselves to blame. We had the lead and we let it slip through our own decision-making, really.”Lennon is keen to lift his side’s spirits before they now prepare for a play-off to reach the Europa League group stages.”We’ve got to work with the players. We’ve got to raise their morale, first of all,” he said.”We’re going to get a bit of criticism and that’s totally par for the course. We’ve worked really hard to get where we are and we’ve basically thrown it away. We’ve got some good defenders but for some reason they wanted to slow the game down.”
LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 10: The sun sets behind the game between the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 10, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)The Los Angeles Rams are laying an egg right now, losing 10-0 at home to the Green Bay Packers. Right now, the only thing worse than their performance is the paint job at the Coliseum.USC played at home on Saturday night, losing to Arizona State. That left minimal turnaround for the Coliseum’s grounds crew.They attempted to paint over the USC and Pac-12 logos, but they are all still clearly visible. The field looks like a jumbled mess.The end zone is particularly trippy.I woke up today with orange facepaint in my beard and a huge hangover that sapped my willpower and capability to do anything about it.Anyway this is what the Rams’ field looks like today pic.twitter.com/HKaF6FUVJ1— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) October 28, 2018As you might imagine, the grounds crew is taking heat for this.It would be less embarrassing for the Rams to just play on USC’s field than attempt whatever this paint job is— Patrick Daugherty (@RotoPat) October 28, 2018Rams maintenance paints the field#Rams #nfl #ramsfieldpaint pic.twitter.com/YKysVysXoZ— Uncle Michael (@hectorustwo002) October 28, 2018It continually blows my mind that the grounds crew with #Rams are so utterly unsuccessful with tending to the field, isn’t this the NFL ? this is Not a Pac12 game #ComeOnMan…… and many fields share with college teams #FieldWoes #LAColiseum #GBvsLAR pic.twitter.com/DmBwzVhyFh— desiree astorga (@desiree_astorga) October 28, 2018It’s a shame this awesome game between the Rams and Packers is played on a field that’s a wreck with all this new paint over the college field. It looks awful. No other choice tho until the new stadium.— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) October 28, 2018Trying to watch this Rams game but I can’t stop focusing on how bad the field looks! This is an NFL team that’s the best the can do? I’ve seen high school fields that look better. ??♀️ pic.twitter.com/CUkzqD0Gqf— Christina Santiago (@therealXtina80) October 28, 2018Fortunately for the grounds crew, the Rams’ poor play is covering up their shoddy craftsmanship.If LA can’t get things going, they will lose for the first time this season.