PEDRO CAIXINHA has praised his side’s attacking and defensive efforts in yesterday’s win over Sheffield Wednesday.

The Ibrox boss saw his side keep a clean sheet and score twice through Josh Windass and Kenny Miller either side of half-time in the friendly win over Carlos Carvahal’s men at Hillsborough.

On Windass’ goal, which came from the Light Blues pressuring the Owls high up the pitch, Caixinha said: “The boys are getting the idea in terms of being in position, keeping the shape and inviting the opponent into zones or areas where you can recover the ball.

“They are also getting the notion of when is the perfect moment to put on higher pressure collectively, and from that situation, it resulted in our first goal.

“It was a fantastic transition in front, and afterwards we released the space behind their defensive line. I’m very pleased with the work from the boys and their effort, but we need to work hard this week in order to get even better on Sunday, which is what really, really matters.”

And, on Miller’s strike and the defensive efforts, the gaffer added: “We know Kenny is a finisher, and sooner or later the goals were going to arrive. We knew also we were going to be solid in defence and in some moments we were going to suffer and we have to know how to suffer.

“We saw for example our centre-halves had to win a lot of balls in the air. Then, when it was the moment to close the game, we played with three centre-halves, and that is another option which we have, especially with opponents who play with two number-nines as target men and put balls in the box.

“It was perfect, but let’s focus and understand it has taken a lot for us to arrive here, and there is a lot for us to keep looking forward to.

“This is the mentality we need to keep until the end of the season.”

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