MARK WARBURTON cut a frustrated figure after Rangers’ 1-1 draw with Ross County as he insisted his side should have been out of sight in the first half.
Despite an early Clint Hill goal being cancelled out by Andrew Davies, the Light Blues missed a host of opportunities to put the game beyond doubt prior to the interval.
Speaking afterwards to RangersTV.tv, he explained: “We are disappointed as a group. We got the good start through an excellent header from Clint, and I think we must have had five, six or seven counter attacks where we have to see the game off, and we didn’t.
“We weren’t playing particularly well, but we did more than enough to be out of sight by half time. We have got to be more clinical and it’s got to hurt to miss chances. There was no lack of effort, but we didn’t get our rewards today.
“In the second half our decision-making was poor, our level of performance was not what we wanted it to be, and it is a frustrating two points dropped. I don’t mean it in a bad way to Ross County, but the game should have been out of sight, we defended our goal and talked about getting bodies forward quickly and being positive – but we can’t miss that many chances without getting our rewards.”
County’s goal came from a free-header in the box for Davies, and on that Warburton said: “It was a good move from them where they blocked Clint and they got the free-header at the back so it looked a lot worse, but we paid the price as by that stage the game should have been over.”
Gers’ missed chances almost came back to haunt them late-on with County forcing a number of chances late-on, and the creation of those opportunities angered the Rangers manager.
He continued:”Their chances at the end was down to us being loose with sloppy passes, and that’s not us, and we have to recognise that. We speak about having a consistently high level of performance, and today we dipped. We had a really good performance last week, and we need to make sure there isn’t a disparity like that.”
There now follows a two week break for international football, and Warburton is hoping his two call-ups get their chance to shine, particularly Lee Wallace who may line-up for Scotland against England at Wembley on Friday.
The gaffer added: “You wish them well and hope they come back injury-free. Lee Hodson travels tomorrow and I hope very much Lee Wallace has a fantastic opportunity.”