Martyn Waghorn, courtesy of the Evening Times
Written by – Jamie Currie
THE MATCH IN 140 WORDS OR FEWER
Firstly, let me congratulate the club on the magnificent way they honour those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for us, with the remembrance display – it was a touch of real respect and class.
The game itself was a pretty one-sided affair, almost like a training match. The 4-0 showed that this Rangers side can show ‘bouncebackability’. Mark Warburton will be happy with that. But he will be mostly happy with the quality of goals – all four were pretty special in their own way. But Alloa couldn’t force Wes Foderingham into one save during the 90 minutes despite Michael Chopra hitting the crossbar in the first period. It was easy to feel sorry for Alloa as they were chasing shadows all afternoon, but Rangers’ football meant that the feeling was a minute one.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Martyn Waghorn may have grabbed a brace, but Saturday was the Gedion Zelalem show. It was by far his best performance in a blue shirt. It was like he was conducting a big blue attacking orchestra. The only thing that was missing was that goal to put the icing on top of a flawless display.
POST- MATCH QUOTES
Mark Warburton and two-goal Martyn Waghorn spoke to Rangers TV. Warburton said:
“It was a good start, a really good start,” he said. “The last half hour of the first half we were a little bit sloppy in the final third and we spoke at half time about being more ruthless and more clinical.
“Second half we dominated possession and didn’t get all the goals we wanted, but it was a good solid performance.
“We weren’t happy at half time as a group, because we had a lot of chances and we gave them two and it could have been, in an absurd way, 2-1 or 2-2. We had to recognise it and they were looking to counter and they are a good opponent.
“So we had to learn from that first half. Second half we were better.”
First of all, it’s a great win for the lads to put the disappointment of last week behind us, and I think it was important that we came out sharp today.
“It was important for us to bounce back after the criticism we took last week. We showed the class that we have in the team, and hopefully last week was a one off and we want to get back on a run again.
“But personally, it was very disappointing not to get the hattrick. I got two, and I was pleased with my overall display, but there is work to be done.”
“I thought his movement today was absolutely terrific.
“Even as well as we tried to flood those gaps – NASA couldn’t keep track his movement. It was fantastic.”
STAT OF THE MATCH
Martyn Waghorn‘s brace means he now has 14 league goals and 17 in all competitions.
James Tavernier’s 10th goal of the season via his superb free-kick. It killed the game as any sort of contest.
- The 4-3-3 was back, with Zelalem coming in for Clark and Wilson respectively.
- The high pressing was brought back this week as well. It had slightly disappeared in recent games, but it’s return culminated in the first goal, as Zelalem pressed McNeil only for his clearance to land at the feet of Waghorn.
- At times it looked like Rangers played with Ball on his own at the back when attacking. Rob Kiernan would win the headers and then start attacks by bringing the ball out from the back stepping into the midfield, allowing Tavernier and Wallace to push further up the park.
- This was a further display of the Ball-Kiernan partnership developing and it certainly seems to be growing on a week-to-week basis.
TWEETS OF THE MATCH
FULL MATCH STATS
Score: Rangers 4-0 Alloa
Possession: Rangers 70%-30% Alloa
Shots: Rangers 25-2 Alloa
On Target: Rangers 11-0 Alloa
Corners: Rangers 9-0 Alloa
Fouls: Rangers 11-8 Alloa
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Livingston away on the 21st of November.