PEDRO CAIXINHA praised the way his Rangers side started yesterday’s win over Hearts after being unhappy with how they have begun a number of recent matches.

Caixinha wants his side to make it a more regular feature in games, although he wanted their strong start to continue longer than it did and felt Gers allowed Hearts into the game after Joe Garner’s goal on six minutes.

The manager explained to “It was great. I believe this is the way the team needs to get on the game. We also presented the data to the boys and told them we are conceding four goals in the last three matches before minute 20, so that means you are not getting there correctly with the right attitude and really switching on in the game.

“We tried to change that and they did it. I really think it is important for you to start winning the games, and the first goal is always important to give you the confidence and to try to expose a little bit more the opponent. But we could not cope after that as it was Hearts’ best period after we scored the first goal. At the end, we won and now we want to win on Wednesday to stay three points from the second position.”

Hearts are known for their physicality, with Gers preventing them scoring anything from set-pieces in the match. And, while pleased with that statistic, the gaffer was still looking for more.

He added: “We coped a little bit. There was one ball in the first half where the second ball went to the far post and we could not defend it that well. Just one simple block and then the player was free.

“We were having two players down there and the majority were going in that position and they didn’t defend the zone so we need to switch on in those situations.

“On another corner, [Bjorn] Johnsen had a header with no opposition at all. Those small details can make the difference, and we have to keep on working on it.”

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