Written by – Jamie Currie
Rangers maintained the 8-point gap over Hibs at the top of the championship by winning 1-0 at Stark’s park. Andy Halliday‘s goal just short of the half-time whistle was even to separate the teams. In a game of two halves, Rangers totally dominated the first, causing Raith all sorts of problems. Martyn Waghorn was unlucky not to score twice – first, he denied by Cuthbert and his other chance was spurned when he sliced the ball over the bar. Barrie McKay also came close but was denied by Cuthbert’s fingertip save. The winner came just before the interval, James Tavernier and Kenny Miller linked to perfection and Tavernier crossed for Halliday to finish with aplomb.
The second half became very scrappy, but the defence stood firm to and answered any questions that were asked of them.
Another Walter win for Mark Warburton.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Tavernier had a very good match while Waghorn wasn’t at his best Tavernier was a threat in the Raith box – managing to assist the goal and he was solid defensively as well.
“We put in a very good first-half performance, and in-truth, the only negative was that we should have been further ahead at half time. We dominated possession and looked very, very good.
“In the second half, it was difficult – the surface was bobbly and there was the wind etc, and we maybe didn’t create too many chances, but it was still a very good performance.
“We looked strong defensively too, and it was difficult with the conditions, and the only disappointment was not getting two or three more goals to justify all the hard work we put in. But again, another game has gone and it’s three more points.”
STAT OF THE MATCH
The win was Rangers’ 7th win in a row across all competitions.
Halliday’s goal which gave Rangers all three points.
- The passing play in the first half and the ball retention was very good. The midfield had a nice balance to it. Halliday playing box-to-box, Zelalem playing in an advanced playmaker role and Dom Ball in the holding role – they seemed to compliment each other.
- Tavernier was very good. He kept the right-hand side of Raith was nullified and Tavernier was a constant threat all night.
- Kenny Miller was also pretty good. His movement and touch caused Raith problems – he recently won player of the month and that was richly deserved for his performances recently.
- Halliday, as mentioned above, was excellent in his advanced role. He got into the box time and time again, and it culminated in him grabbing the winner.
TWEETS OF THE MATCH
Kilmarnock visit Ibrox in the next round of the Scottish Cup