The Alternative Match Report: St Mirren 0-1 Rangers

Written by – Jamie Currie

Jason Holt, courtesy of SNS

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

Wes Foderingham

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.

POST-MATCH QUOTES

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.”

“It was a difficult test today and we maybe didn’t win it in the way that we like to win games. We like to win games with a certain style of play, but sometimes these games arise and you just have to deal with it.”

 

STAT OF THE MATCH

The solid defensive display meant that man-of-the-match Wes Foderingham kept his ninth clean sheet of the season.

KEY MOMENT

Despite Foderigham’s saves, goals win games. So, the moment of the game is Jason Holt‘s winner.

ANALYSIS

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

https://twitter.com/SilverFox1872/status/658410182591008768

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

WHATS NEXT

Hibs at Easter Road on Sunday Lunchtime. Three points will put any kind of faux title race to bed.

 

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