PEDRO CAIXINHA was happy with the way the team defended as a unit against Aberdeen at the weekend but says he always wants more.
The Gers defeated Aberdeen thanks to three quickfire goals including a brace from Kenny Miller and one from Joe Dodoo.
However, at the other end of the park, Wes Foderingham continued his excellent form with a string of crucial saves to provide the platform for the victory.
David Bates and Myles Beerman have come into the team alongside Danny Wilson and have helped to keep two clean sheets in the last two games.
Caixinha was keen to praise not only his defence but his whole team for their part in the way that the Light Blues have worked together to shut out the opposition in recent games.
Speaking to RangersTV this week, he said: “It was fantastic and it’s not only about our defenders. When a team is defending, it has to be as a unit.
“I think that we were a really strong and compact unit defending which means the first defender in that unit needs to be Joe Garner in order to put them under pressure and to take the attack from the opponents centre-halves away.
“The last defender is usually the goalkeeper and our goalkeeper did his job in a very good way when he was called into action, so I think we need to be happy with the defensive performance from the team.
“We always want more and we understood that we needed to close their wide players which were the most dangerous players which we identified from our analysis of the opponent. We didn’t allow them that much space, or that many situations for them to be able to play their best football.”
Caixinha has been happy with the contribution of all his midfielders, paying particular tribute to Jason “shorty” Holt. He said: “I am happy with Jason, or “shorty” as I call him.
“He is a fantastic guy, you cannot measure him by his size as he is a brave player. He is a great guy and he covers all of the space in the midfield area.
“Jon Toral did a very good job, he is a technical player and he sees different things when he is on the ball and is facing the game. Emerson Hyndman is an interesting player and a quality player that when he arrives on the left side can find some very interesting things.
“Josh Windass came on at a very difficult time in the game. He did his job and he is a guy who is pacey and is more intense, covering more meters in the game, more amplitude in the game and more arrivals at the back, especially from longer distances. So we started from the middle and he got more onto the right, which is a position that he can play too.
“Andy Halliday got into the game just after we had scored the first goal. He was just about to come on before we scored because it was a move that we felt was important in that moment for us to have a player in the middle with his characteristics, in order to defend and especially to sustain and exploit the wide areas as we did.
“I think all of them did a fantastic job, not only the midfield line but the defensive line and the forwards too.”
ON RANGERSTV THIS WEEK
- Pedro Caixinha Interview – Part 1
- Pedro Caixinha Interview – Part 2
- Jonatan Johansson Interview
- Joe Dodoo Interview
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