Hoops let Lennon down - Thompson

11 April 2010 01:54
Josh Thompson knows Celtic have to make amends for the Scottish Cup semi-final defeat against Ross County when they host Motherwell on Tuesday.[LNB] The Hoops' interim boss Neil Lennon slated his men after the Irn Bru First Division side dramatically and deservedly won through to their first final since their formation in 1929.[LNB]Steven Craig and Martin Scott scored the second-half goals which sparked wild celebrations in Dingwall and had Lennon promising a clear-out at the end of the season whether or not he is still at the club.[LNB]The Celtic defender, 19, insists the players will have pacify the disgruntled fans when the Steelmen travel to the east end of Glasgow in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.[LNB]"The defeat was horrible," Thompson said.[LNB]"The fans deserved more and we let the manager down.[LNB]"Everyone knows it wasn't good enough, it's not what Celtic are about.[LNB]"I can't put my finger on it, it seemed they were winning the second balls and we didn't play as well as we can.[LNB]"The next game is on Tuesday against Motherwell and we have to go out and show pride.[LNB]"We have to redeem ourselves to the fans.[LNB]"That's the motivation now."[LNB]As the Parkhead club lick their wounds after a defeat which rivals previous cup shocks against Clyde, Inverness and Raith Rovers, Lennon's bid to keep the job is in tatters.[LNB]The Irishman kept his players in the dressing room for 15 minutes after the game and strikers Georgios Samaras and Marc-Antoine Fortune, in particular, came in for some stinging criticism.[LNB]However, the big Greek striker, who hit the post when Celtic were trailing 1-0, kept his counsel.[LNB]Asked if Lennon was still the man for the job, Samaras retorted: "Yes, 100%."[LNB]Then asked to expand on what was said in the dressing room by Lennon, the former Manchester City striker replied: "What happened in the dressing room stays in the dressing room.[LNB]"Our biggest target this season was to win the cup and it didn't work out.[LNB]"The only thing we can do is keep our heads up and we have another difficult game on Tuesday.[LNB]"We have to prepare for that.[LNB]"It is difficult but we must play for our pride."[LNB]

Source: Team_Talk