Written by – Jamie Currie
I have taken inspiration from Rich Hammond – he covers NHL side the LA Kings. I decided to follow his template and create a different kind of match report. The template can be viewed here: Here
THE GAME IN 140 WORDS OR FEWER
It was a dominant Rangers performance. They kept playing right until the end and deservedly grabbed the three points. Queen of the South played some decent stuff at times. But overall, they didn’t deserve anything from the game. The win keeps the 100% league record intact – it’s now 10 wins from 10 with today’s 2-1 victory. Derek Lyle had given the visitors a half-time lead, but Rangers battled back in the second half, with goals from Jason Holt and Martyn Waghorn, who also missed an 88th-minute penalty kick.
MAN OF THE MATCH
He was superb throughout and got his rewards by finishing off a fine team move for the equaliser.
Jason Holt said: “It’s always nice to win any game and I think that we just had to be patient today.
“We eventually got the goal and it was a special day for us because we all wanted to dedicate a win to the girl Rhya who passed away earlier in the week.
“We battled ever so hard for the win today and we just wanted to do that for her today.”
Mark Warburton told Rangers TV: “It’s too early to say that was the mark of champions, that would be premature but I think it shows that there is a good character, resilience and commitment – all the right adjectives!”
STAT OF THE MATCH
Martyn Waghorn scored Rangers‘ 50th goal of the season – the first headed goal Rangers have scored this season.
Waghorn’s late header which gave Rangers all three points.
The defence looked much more solid with Dominic Ball coming in for Danny Wilson, but the manager and the team will be annoyed at losing the opening goal, especially as that had come from a set-piece.
It was the first time Rangers went behind at home in a league match at home under Mark Warburton.
Rangers‘ ball retention was excellent, especially in the second half – they kept Queen of the South camped in for long spells.
Rob Kiernan was solid all game – never gave Queens‘ attackers a sniff.
When Queen of the South broke Rangers‘ midfield lost its shape, but that will be something that will be ironed out on the training pitch.
Nicky Law made a difference when he replaced Dean Shiels in the second half. His arrival upped the tempo of Rangers’ play – he made numerous dangerous runs into the visitor’s penalty area and looked good during his cameo.
The thing that was most pleasing is that the team continued to play right to the end and stuck to the game plan and philosophy. They look like a team who 100% believe in what they are trying to do.
FULL MATCH STATS
Score: Rangers 2-1 Queen of the South
Possession: Rangers 68% – 32% Queen of the South
Shots: Rangers 23 -8 Queen of the South
On target: Rangers 8-3 Queen of the South
Corners: Rangers 13-1 Queen of the South
Fouls: Rangers 6-9 Queen of the South
RANGERS’ LEAGUE POSITION/RECORD
Played: 10 Won: 10 Drawn: 0 Lost: 0 Goals For: 33 Goals Against: 6 Position: 1st.
Rangers welcome Livingston to Ibrox on Tuesday night in the Petrofac Training Cup quarter-final, the winner host St Mirren in the semi-final.