Written by – Jamie Currie
THE MATCH IN 140 WORDS OR FEWER
Well, that game was in the hard-fought category. St Mirren came out to win the game, but Rangers stood tall and handled the early pressure. Jason Holt popped up with another timely goal 25 minutes in, and then Rangers could have had another not long after, when Kenny Miller shanked his left-foot shot wide. At this stage, any win to keep the 100% record in tact is most welcome.
MAN OF THE MATCH
It was the busiest afternoon in a Rangers shirt for Foderingham, and like Rangers keepers of the past, he stood up well and made saves when they needed to be made. Not only that, he commanded his area, and he dealt with crosses very well. On this performance, it’s not difficult to see why Mark Warburton brought him to Rangers – well-deserved man of the match.
Mark Warburton gave special praise to Wes Foderingham.
Warburton said: “It’s the busiest Wes has been by far this season and he pulled out two or three outstanding saves.
“He’s a top-class goalkeeper and you saw the quality he displayed again – his shot-stopping is first-class.
“I think Wes has the capability to go to a much higher level. I don’t mean that in terms of the club but in terms of levels in the game.
“He has delivered the goods time and time again and he’ll just keep getting better and better.”
Asked if he is good enough to be an international keeper, Warburton added: “I think he could be. You look at his distribution, his shape.
“He comes for crosses, he’s assured and dominates his area. You saw his quality again in this game.”
Goalscorer Jason Holt told Rangers TV: “It was a really tough game but I think that the boys dug in tremendously well. “We created quite a few chances in the first half and we were disappointed that we didn’t take them. That said, the boys dug in really well and it was a good three points.”
STAT OF THE MATCH
The solid defensive display meant that man-of-the-match Wes Foderingham kept his ninth clean sheet of the season.
Despite Foderigham’s saves, goals win games. So, the moment of the game is Jason Holt‘s winner.
Yet again, the Kiernan-Ball partnership is one that is impressing. They complimented each other very well and handled the threat of Gallagher and Thompson throughout.
Jason Holt was not only the game winner, but he covered almost every blade of grass, proving he’s not just a number 10. It was another all-action display by the former Sheffield United man.
The team’s overall passing was very slack, in fact, the poorest it’s been all season. It’s not what the fans or manager have been accustomed to.
The team sat a bit deeper, it helped nullify Gallagher’s pace and the potential threat of midfielders such as Howieson and Agnew from getting beyond the front two.
TWEETS OF THE MATCH
FULL MATCH STATS
Score: St Mirren 0-1 Rangers
Possession: St Mirren 45%-55% Rangers
Shots: St Mirren 14-16 Rangers
On Target: St Mirren 4-7 Rangers
Corners: St Mirren 6-4 Rangers
Fouls: St Mirren 15-19 Rangers
Hibs at Easter Road on Sunday Lunchtime. Three points will put any kind of faux title race to bed.