DESPITE being relatively satisfied with his team’s performance this afternoon, Pedro Caixinha was extremely frustrated not to win the game.
The Ibrox gaffer was pleased with the manner in which his side played the game – although he was less happy with the pace the game was played at times, insisting it must be faster.
Speaking afterwards to RangersTV, he said: “I really liked the team, but I am disappointed, of course, about the result with that being the most important thing all of the time.
“There was only one team on the pitch dominating the game from the beginning to the end. They tried to create something at the beginning of the game to delay our pace, and they did it.
“We got in the game later on and finished the first half completely dominating the game with some very good chances to score, but we could not do it.
“The only point I need to refer back to, is the pace of our passes needs to be higher, a higher tempo of passing and moving, passing and moving and creating and attacking the spaces, and making the ball arrive quicker in the last third.
“Regarding the overall game and the ending position in attack, we were very good and I don’t remember one single transition of the opponent, or a moment where they could get the confidence to try and attack our last line.
“We are disappointed about the result, totally, but I am happy with the performance of the boys and the way they fought until the end.
“We wanted to win the game and we did everything to win the game. We dominated the game, we had the chances to kill the game and have a great result with a solid performance, and we could not do it.
“So today, of course, the performance was OK in the direction we want without that tempo and pace that I mentioned before.”
In terms of things to work on ahead of next week’s trip to Ross County, again the speed of play was what the manager brought up.
Again though, he stressed he had no issue with large parts of the performance, nor did he have any problem with what his players put into the game.
He continued: “You can’t control what the boys do in terms of effort, hard work, teamwork and not allowing the opponent to play while always playing our game.
“That is what we need to control – if you are saying you need to be more focussed on the tempo and the timing of the passes, and the way you move in attack, then yes, definitely we need to improve that, but that is all I take as the boys left everything.
“They played the way we wanted them to play, we created the chances, we prevented the opponent from having the transitions, but, we didn’t score goals.”
Another thing to please Caixinha was the defensive effort, and on that, he said: “We were very, very solid overall. We are getting on the moments of the game and we are controlling the moments of the game.
“Today, I really felt we should have been a bit more aggressive on the last third, especially with the way we moved the ball quickly to explore the spaces. But even so, we create to score, and to win you need to score goals.
“We didn’t, and we didn’t win because of that.”