Written by – Jamie Currie
Lee Wallace, courtesy of SkySports
Written by – Jamie Currie
THE MATCH IN 140 WORDS OR FEWER
Perspective is everything. Yes, the 2-1 loss was a tough one to take, but it it’s not the end of the world. The game would have been different if John Beaton had done his job in the third minute and gave the penalty for the foul on Jason Holt. But by the same token, Rangers had enough of the play and enough chances to take at least a point. The record is gone, and the side have tasted defeat, but it’s how they respond is what is now most important. Lee Wallace’s goal gave Rangers the impetus just after half-time, but both Hibs goals were poorly defended. That, coupled with Rangers hitting the woodwork twice meant Hibs cut the gap to five points.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Wallace was superb all day, he scored the equaliser and could have had one more. He caused the Hibs defence all sorts of problems with his overlapping runs and was solid defensively.
“We’re disappointed as it should be a lot more. I’m repeating myself, but we will play a lot worse than that and come away with three points this season.”
Lee Wallace had a similar view to the manager: “I think it is more of an angry dressing room than disappointed, down to the fact that we don’t know how we’ve lost the game.”
“All great teams lose games and it is just the manner of how we deal with that.”
STAT OF THE MATCH
The defeat was the first in the league this season and just the second in all competitions. On a more positive note, Rangers kept up their record of scoring in every game so far.
Key moments change games, and John Beaton’s failure to award Rangers a penalty in the 3rd minute changed the course of the game.
- Three at the back was in use, it took the players a while to get used to it but after the interval they looked the better and more threatening side.
- The two subs of Zelalem and Oduwa upset the rhythm of the side, which at the time were massively on top.
- Hibs’ midfield was pretty good, McGinn especially, he had the game of his life.
- There was no lack of effort or attacking intent, but a striker to help Waghorn was needed; Nicky Clark didn’t have the best game of his career.
- The defence looked OK – Ball and Kiernan were solid enough. Unfortunately, Wilson looked to be the weakest of the defenders. That being said, that might be slightly harsh because he’s just returning from injury.
TWEETS OF THE MATCH
FULL MATCH STATS
Score: Hibs 2-1 Rangers
Possession: Hibs 41% – Rangers 59%
Shots: Hibs 11-11 Rangers
On Target: Hibs 5-2 Rangers
Corners: Hibs 4-5 Rangers
Fouls: Hibs 15-10 Rangers
RANGERS’ LEAGUE POSITION/FORM
Only the one loss, and the five-point gap.
Alloa at Ibrox is next. It should be a good indication of how the side can react to the defeat in this match. Hopefully it’s a game that can be won and won well.