DESPITE a comfortable 4-0 league win over Dundee this evening at Ibrox, Steven Gerrard admits his side’s second-half display left him frustrated after the final whistle.
The Light Blues were 3-0 up with just 23 minutes played with Glen Kamara, James Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos getting the goals during a period the home side completely dominated.
In the second-half, however, they struggled to hit top form again although Jermain Defoe added an excellent fourth goal with a minute of the game remaining.
Gerrard, speaking to RangersTV post-match, said: “I thought first 25 to 30 minutes we were excellent.
“I really loved our hunger, I loved our intensity and the way we were hunting the ball down. We played some really nice stuff and showed what a quality team we can be.
“Obviously we get to half time and the game is very comfortable. I asked the players for the same standards and the same energy and the same quality and it just wasn’t there.
I didn’t really recognise us second half, individually or collectively, so I was disappointed and then Jermain Defoe made me feel a bit better at the very end.
“So it’s difficult to criticise the players after a strong, comfortable win with a clean sheet. There are a lot of positives there but I’ve just said to them at the end of the game ‘don’t put the supporters or me through that again because you’ve got a responsibility to keep entertaining right until the final whistle.'”
“We just weren’t Rangers in the second half.”
Former Dundee midfielder Kamara started the scoring after just four minutes when he produced a fine finish to beat goalkeeper Seny Dieng from a James Tavernier free-kick.
The manager continued: “Glen has seen the space and he’s ran into it and it was a tidy finish and then we built on that.
“As I say we were outstanding but when you compare the first 30 minutes to the majority of the second half it’s just two different teams. It’s so frustrating the mistakes and unforced errors.
It’s frustrating from the side [of the pitch] and I’m trying to get messages on to raise the standard and lift it up because we want to try to continue to keep scoring and be hungry and be relentless. It just wasn’t there in the second half.
“The job I asked the players to do, they done it in 30 minutes. Now I’d take that every week, but we’re here to watch good football and a good team, and the sign of a good team is when they take the scoreline out of the equation and they carry on playing and the standards remain high.
“We dropped our standards second half, which is disappointing and I’ve just said to the players that against better teams we will get punished for that.”