Written by – Jamie Currie
It’s these kind of victories that win titles: I call them Walter wins. Winning while you are below par and possibly could have lost. That is exactly how it panned out against Falkirk, who to their credit, played very, very well. Will Vaulks has scored twice against Rangers this season, but this wasn’t to be his day – Wes Foderingham won that particular battle, making two crucial stops at 0-0. It was laboured from Rangers in an attacking sense. In the first half, James Tavernier’s shot was the only real action of note, while in the second Kenny Miller had the ball in the net, but it was chalked off for offside. However, it was a debut to remember for Billy King as he came off the bench to head home the winner in the 90th minute.
MAN OF THE MATCH
The stopper was worth his weight in gold this week. His two outstanding saves while the game was tied goalless gave the team a platform to go on and win the game.
As usual, the manager spoke to Rangers TV and he was joined by Wes Foderingham and Billy King.
Warburton, while delighted with the win, acknowledged the Gers weren’t at their best. He said: “We knew as a squad of players that we were below our best today but we were patient and kept on pushing when the crowd were getting a little bit nervous with the expectation that is there.
“We kept on moving it well and were just lacking that little bit of belief and quality in the final third, but the players kept doing the right things.”
“I think the whole defence doesn’t really get the credit it deserves sometimes because we are scoring a lot of goals and the boys up front are taking all the plaudits.
“But Rob Kiernan, Dom Ball, Danny Wilson have been fantastic all season. they are unsung heroes at times and today, when we needed to defend, they done very well.”
STAT OF THE MATCH
Wes Foderingham kept his 15th clean sheet of the season in all competitions.
James Tavernier’s cross that was headed home by Billy King.
- Falkirk were the better side and should have taken at least a point, but they were undone by the late header and their own failure to take chances.
- Both central defenders played well, particularly Wilson. Even though he got beaten in the opening minutes and it led to a Falkirk chance, he made two goal-saving blocks which ultimately helped gain the victory.
- Falkirk and Vaulks, in particular, played very well and were first to most of the second balls. It was an area that Rangers haven’t struggled with much this season, but in this game it was a glaring deficiency.
- The midfield with Law, Shiels and Ball didn’t really work out. Ball did a good job holding, Shiels gave his usual energetic performance and Nicky Law was quite poor again. He seems to play better when Jason Holt is next to him in the engine room. I felt the shape of the midfield was much better when Zelalem and McKay were in there alongside Ball.
- James Tavernier didn’t have his best game, but he put in a wonderful cross for Billy King’s first Rangers goal.
TWEETS OF THE MATCH
Raith Rovers away on Tuesday evening.