JOE DODOO says it came of no surprise to him to leave Aberdeen with three points on Sunday after he netted Rangers third goal and claimed an assist for Kenny Miller’s second in a manic five minute period.

The 21-year-old replaced his namesake Joe Garner on 70 minutes after Pedro Caixinha identified the need for a change of tact to attack the Dons.

Dodoo believes the Gers are the better side when matched up against Aberdeen despite league positions and he thinks the Light Blues showed that in their killer period with 10 minutes left to play at Pittodrie.

The striker told RangersTV:

“We weren’t surprised we beat them because we are better than them no matter what anyone says.

“Sometimes we aren’t winning games but we do have more than them and if we exploit the right spaces, do the right things and make the right decisions, play as a team and continue to work hard we should be up there.

“I am happy because we got the three points and we hadn’t won for a while and it was obviously brilliant to come on and score but the most important thing was to get the points on the board.

“For me watching the game I could see what needed to change at that time of the game because I think we were really narrow and playing into their hands a little bit more.

“All I had to do was just make the pitch bigger, just go wide and stay wide and if I made the pitch as big as possible then our midfielders could get on the ball and start moving the ball.

“That then would make it harder for them to get the ball off us because the gaps between us would become so big that they couldn’t press us as much as they were.

“I knew I had to go on the pitch and exploit the spaces and luckily we did that and within a five minute spell we beat them.

“The manager was fired up for the game but with me I like to stay calm and just stay mellow, I don’t need to overdo things but I want to win everything, I am a bad loser.

“At the same time you have to be calm and try and make the good decisions because sometimes if you are a bit overexcited you can make the wrong decisions and you can do some things wrong.”

Dodoo had the chance to hit a second on Sunday but cracked his effort against the crossbar with what he says was a more straight forward chance.

Having played only twice since the New Year before the Gers trip to Aberdeen the forward could have been forgiven for being rusty in front of goal but he says his extra work in training keeps him sharp.

He continued:

“I was very annoyed I didn’t get a second when I hit the bar and that one was a lot easier for me to finish, I think the pitch played its part because the ball just lifted slightly before I hit it.

“I was very disappointed it didn’t go in and I never like to be in the situation where I don’t score because I like to score every chance I get.

“You have to be calm, if you are composed then you can always finish your chances but mainly you have to practice out there at training and do it every day.

“If an opportunity comes you are more likely to take it, sometimes you have to read a situation and try and make the best decision from there.

“My finishing comes down to the work I do at training, it is something I have been doing for years and that doesn’t change whether I am playing or not.

“You always have to be ready and if you are always ready then you will always perform so I have to stick to my routine and continue to work hard.”


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