Written by – Jamie Currie
Another victory ground out by this side. It wasn’t the best of performances at all – and Rangers were immediately thankfully to Wes Foderingham for denying Derek Lyle at the back post early on. Rangers tried to muster some attacking threat, and that came when Billy King should have done better with his scuffed shot and Nicky Clark was denied by a good save from Atkinson. Lewis Kidd then smacked the bar as Wes Foderingham was left rooted to the spot. Super-sub Kenny Miller gave Rangers a 63rd-minute lead with a superb volley. After Rangers took the lead, Michael O’Halloran forced a save from Atkinson, Jason Holt smashed the crossbar, and Kenny Miller came close to finding the net a second time but his shot went wide of the post. The last 20 minutes was all Queens – Foderingham had to pull off a further two top-class saves to make sure Rangers left with the victory.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Important saves at important times in the game, that’s what he brings to this side and yet another clean sheet to add to his ever-growing collection this season.
“In the first half I thought we were decent and dominated the game, created a couple of good chances and felt comfortable, although it was still 0-0.
“We wanted to come out after half time and play with an intensity and an energy and Kenny came on and scored and we were in good shape at that point.“Then we started sitting deep which is very unlike us, and we felt the last 20 minutes were probably as poor as we’ve been all season.
“All credit to Queen of the South, they had a real go, but I felt we were really poor and didn’t look after the football. We sat off to deep and were two or three yards away.
“We have to learn from that, but to come here and get the three points in great, so the first thing is well done to the players for that.
“But we need to realise it’s too easy to go ‘1-0, great, three points’ and go on from there. The last 20 minutes were way below our normal standards.”
STAT OF THE MATCH
Kenny Miller’s goal was his 100th in Scottish league football.
Foderingham’s save from Chris Higgins’ front-post header at 1-0.
- The defensive unit is getting stronger and stronger each game – but this game was possibly their worst for a while.
- The midfield got overrun, especially in the latter parts of the game. It may have been down to fatigue, but Dean Shiels added some energy when he came on that helped see the game out.
- The front three were a bit disjointed, but that is to be expected as it was the first time they had played together as a three.
- The need for a proper defensive midfielder in the more difficult fixtures is more and more evident. In fact, I would go as far as to say Dom Ball’s presence was missed in midfield.
- Michael O’Halloran looks like he will become a very good player for Rangers. I was impressed with his strong running and pace, even though his final ball was erratic at times.
- Kenny Miller is going to be the most important striker in the run-in; yet again he popped up with a vital goal.
- Set-pieces need to be improved – in both boxes – for the amount that Rangers get, they need to make more of them.
A home fixture against St Mirren is next on the horizon.