MARK WARBURTON admits Rangers would have been disappointed with even a point after dominating but eventually losing to Aberdeen at Pittodrie this afternoon.
The Light Blues were well in control of the game for long spells but a defensive mistake to make it 1-0 to the Dons and then a controversial award of a free-kick from which they scored a 90th minute winner left the manager extremely unhappy.
Speaking afterwards to RangersTV.tv, he explained: “We more than should have won the game and would have been disappointed coming in at 1-1 – that’s the truth of it.
“We totally dominated the first half and were brave, got on the ball, moved it and played out. If there’s a criticism, it’s that we didn’t get the rewards for it – I don’t know how many shots we had in the first half but we maybe didn’t test the keeper enough.
“There was one team looking to play and I felt we were really good – just frustrated. To then give away a schoolboy error goal like that – as a group we are bitterly disappointed – and it’s always about the group, never about individuals.
“We then had a little two or three minutes where we were a bit rocky, and were frustrated with the goal. But then we got the ball down again and played again where there was one team in it.
“We got the rewards with the penalty and then pushed for it – we were looking to get the winner and would have been frustrated at 1-1.
“But to then see a decision of that nature given, is just incredible. The fourth official said it wasn’t a foul – but it was too late as the whistle had already gone.
“How can you give that decision? We are more than frustrated – more than frustrated for the fans who were magnificent, and we have come to a tough atmosphere here and more than dealt with it.”
Despite the error for the Dons first goal, Rangers looked extremely solid at the back, and that was something Warburton was keen to pick up on.
He continued: “It was a good defensive performance – we won the first balls, picked up the second balls, were brave and we squeezed tightly. They got on it to get out and Aberdeen pressed us but they still got on it.
“We asked our players to be brave today, and they were. I’ve just said to the players that we have to be very, very careful with what we take from today’s game. Nobody ever wants to lose a game of football – ever, but we would have been frustrated at 1-1.
“We were very, very good for long periods today but to give away that cheap goal and to have that free-kick given is frustration beyond belief.
“I think if we maintain our progress which we saw last Saturday, again on Tuesday and then another level today in terms of dominating the ball and moving the ball against a good Aberdeen team – and Derek [McInnes]is a more than able manager who gets his teams going – we came here today and were very, very good.”