MARK WARBURTON described Emerson Hyndman’s starting debut as “top drawer” as the young American grabbed both a goal and the ‘Man of the Match’ gong in today’s 2-0 away success to Motherwell.
Hyndman was a terrific performer in midfield, playing a key role in Kenny Miller’s opening goal before setting the seal on the three points with an excellent finish from just inside the area late-on.
Warburton was thrilled with his showing, and believes him to be a footballer of huge potential.
Speaking after the game to RangersTV.tv, the Gaffer explained: “He works hard in training and he is a great young professional. We are very grateful to Eddie Howe and Bournemouth for trusting us with him – he is a very special young player, Jon Toral as well.
“We had good boys on the bench as well today who didn’t get on, Jason Holt, Joe Dodoo, Philippe Senderos etc. so it is about the squad and I am delighted for Emerson, for him to come on and make his debut in that manner was top-drawer.”
On the game itself, Warburton wasn’t overly impressed with Gers’ initial response to Michael O’Halloran’s red card in the fourth minute, but after regaining their composure, he was thrilled with the way they performed – especially in the second period.
He continued: “We lost a man early, and we were disappointed that as a team, we lost a bit of composure for four or five minutes. There was panic at the back, we lost our shape and we gave the ball away too cheaply.
“But then we got a hold of it, the numbers were evened up, and we are delighted with the midfield three, working to split units and also Clint [Hill], Rob [Kiernan] and the full-backs balancing us really well, and up front we worked so hard.
“So we are delighted with that, and at half-time we spoke about making good decisions, hurting them more, testing the keeper and being brave in tight areas, and we did that. Wes [Foderingham] never had a save to make in the second half.
“We were very good in the second half, got two and it could have been a lot more comfortable. I am delighted for the players who have worked so hard – this is a tough place to come here.
“Every game offers you some sort of learning experience, and in that five or six minutes, what do you do? You keep the ball, take the heat out of it, keep the shape and regather. That’s what we’ll learn and do in that situation.
“We quickly regained it though, played some very good football and got our rewards.”
And on the red card itself, Warburton added: “It was away from me, and I saw Michael make the first move. There’s no intent – I’m sure of that and I’m sure it’s Michael making a genuine attempt for the ball, but in this day in age if you catch him [the opponent] it’s how it’s interpreted by the officials.”