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The Manager | Rangers Post Match

February 7, 2019 1:25 am Author: AFC Media Team

“The last goal we’re not too disappointed with because we’re trying to throw everything at it to get the equaliser and were just caught with too many bodies up top.

“It was a game that had a bit of everything and didn’t disappoint in terms of the fixture.

“We’re disappointed we lost the game and I didn’t think there was a lot in the game in terms of the way it was played out in the first half. I thought Morelos was the difference and a constant menace who dragged our centre halves about. He was very good with the quality and his second finish was top class. You can pick the bones out of it and say we should have stopped him getting it into feet, but he still had a lot to do and sometimes you’ve got to applaud the play.

“I thought we were unfortunate with the penalty and I’m not saying it’s not a penalty. McKenna’s appealing for offside and his hand is up appealing and the ball’s skidded off either Max or Candeias’s head and hit him. There’s no real complaints but it’s just really unfortunate and unlucky.

“The response initially from going behind was really good. The game was a bit too open for my liking and the fixture can sometimes make it that with players losing discipline and running out of shape. I thought Rangers’ movement at the top end of the pitch, in particular Morelos, was very good.

“3-1 down at home to a good Rangers team who are good on the counter attack is a really tricky circumstance to try and deal with, but we asked the players to go try win that second half. Get the next goal and see what happens and I thought we were fantastic second half. We get the next goal and it was clearly a penalty with Tavernier bringing Ferguson down.

“Then the two players McKenna and Morelos get sent off.

“I thought it took a huge part away from Rangers and all of a sudden they were hanging on and it was all us second half. We threw everything at it, but for maybe another refereeing decision going our way with McGregor going through on Lewis Ferguson and us taking a wee bit more care with the rushed chances, we might have got an equaliser.

“A wee bit of luck and we might have just got something from that game. I’m disappointed not to take something from it, but not too disappointed with the reaction in the second half.

“I’ve not seen the red cards again, but I’ve spoke to my staff and they think the referee’s probably got both red cards right. If that is the case Scott’s been guilty of a bit of naivety by getting involved with Morelos who has previous for his antics.

“Rangers were winning the game so the onus was on us to do something about it. Rangers are a good team with good players and Steven’s put a good squad together, but Morelos is the star. When he’s on his game as he was tonight he’s difficult to deal with and when he went off I thought the game really swung and it felt like one way traffic.

“I can’t criticise and be too disappointed with the players reaction. I’m disappointed with a couple of the goals we lose and I think we needed that extra body through the middle second half. Hoban going in there made us better and we worked hard to get Greg Stewart central in that first half. I don’t like playing Greg out wide when he’s been so influential for us, but he was outstanding when he went out to wide so you can’t tell me he can’t play out there. He was outstanding and tortured Barisic second half.

“We were unlucky not to get something and on another night we maybe get something from that.

“It’s a sore one for us and we go five points behind Rangers. There’s still thirteen games to go and we’ll just knuckle down. There’s still lots of football to be played and we’ll remember tonight. We’ll use it as extra motivation and we’ll see where we end up at the end of the season.”

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