Although appearing to start quicker out of the blocks, it has to be said that Nuneaton?s higher league placing was not evident when it came to chances in front of goal. Celtic?s defence, well marshalled by Paul Pettinger, seeming to cope with what was thrown at them with ease.
The two games that came in quick succession were both superbly executed by Neil Prince, who was later awarded man of the match, for his efforts.
His first, a defensive error allowing him and Ellington to link together with Prinny allowed to slot the ball home. The second a sublime chip, leaving Nuneaton?s Keeper beaten all ends up and by all accounts rather baffled.
From this point on, Celtic were hardly troubled and a third goal would have killed the game off. The fact they didn?t get it though meant the game was always on a knife-edge.
Again this was an all round team performance but yet again Pettinger and Sykes shone out. Banim and Kharas never short of running and the whole back four maintaining a watching brief.
Prince and Banim both succumbed to knocks as the game reached its conclusion and as a result were taken off for purely precautionary reasons.
In essence this was a superb victory against one of the better sides in the league and leaves Celtic know with a relatively easy run in to the end of the season. The one downside being that no ground was made up on the play offs places today so if Celtic are to harbour ambitions of reaching the play offs then they must string a run of victories together.
If they can do that then they won?t be far off...