Written by – Jamie Currie
THE MATCH IN 140 WORDS OR FEWER
The 4-0 win was comfortable enough in the end, and it led to the gap at the top of the Championship widening to three points. The first period was a bit slow, but Nicky Clark should’ve given Rangers a half-time lead, but his header was well kept out by Mark Brown.
The second half was much better. The tempo was quickened and Jason Holt put Rangers in front as he got his head to a James Tavernier cross. Martyn Waghorn doubled the lead by getting on the end of a great counter-attack and then curling a wonderful effort past Brown. Nathan Oduwa added a third before Andy Halliday completed the scoring from the penalty spot. Dumbarton finished the game with 10 men, as Steven Saunders received a red card for his part in the penalty incident.
MAN OF THE MATCH
The little midfielder shone yet again. He put in another tireless shift on both sides of the ball and made several intelligent darting runs. He capped his good display with scoring the opening goal.
Dominic Ball, Andy Halliday and Mark Warburton spoke to Rangers TV pre-match.
Ball said: “I was quite pleased with my performance but there are still a lot of things I could have done better and that is the way I am, I like to look at some of my weaknesses and work on them in training.
“I will look at the game after this and I will try and improve but overall I thought everyone did excellently tonight.”
Halliday spoke of his pride in playing for the club:”I’m just enjoying playing for Rangers Football Club, and that’s what it’s all about for me. I’m privileged to play for this club and to have played so many minutes.
“The better we play and the more wins we get, the happier I am. It’s been going pretty well so far, although we had a couple of disappointing results recently, and maybe I’ve not been at my best myself which is always disappointing, but thankfully I found a bit of form and we’ve done well in these last two games.”
Finally, Mark Warburton was happy that his half-time inquest worked wonders: “As a group we were disappointed, it’s not about me or David or any individual player, it is about the group and demanding the right standards.
“First-half we were loose, sloppy in possession and we didn’t get to the ball quick enough and although we had 70% plus possession of the ball we didn’t really hurt them.
“The second-half was, to use a term from Jason Holt, night and day! That is the standard we have to set day in and day out.
“We demanded that we started hard and fast and we did and we have to be relentless in what we do.”
STAT OF THE MATCH
The clean sheet was Wes Foderingham’s 12th in just 22 matches.
The great counter-attack that lead up to Waghorn’s wonderful goal. It killed the game completely.
- Undoubtedly, the first period was a bit slow and ponderous at times, but Rangers could have still feasibly gone in 2-0 up at the break. After half an hour, Dumbarton looked dead on their feet and literally offered nothing in terms of any sort of contest.
- Rob Kiernan was impressive again – he won most things in the air and was clever in his use of possession. He really is improving week by week. Dominic Ball deserves praise as well. He came back into the side and was solid throughout.
- It was pleasing to see that more crosses were getting fired across the box in the second half. The tempo was raised, the passing was crisper and it paid off.
- The team’s ball retention is something that is improving with each performance. It really is a joy to watch them probe and move teams from side to side before trying to play the killer pass in behind.
- Andy Halliday looked back to something approaching his best – he dominated the midfield.
- I was pleased for Nathan Oduwa because he managed to grab his first goal for the club. Hopefully it will give him a boost in confidence going into Saturday’s match.
TWEETS OF THE MATCH
FULL MATCH STATS
A trip to face Raith Rovers is next as Rangers look to carry on the momentum and pick up their 14th win from 16 league fixtures.