STEVEN GERRARD believes this afternoon’s 1-1 Scottish Cup quarter-final draw with Aberdeen was “a fair result.”
The Light Blues gaffer watched on as Joe Worrall’s second half strike equalised a Sam Cosgrove opener from the first half.
Speaking after the game to RangersTV, Gerrard said: “I think it is a fair result. I thought Aberdeen edged the first half and they were competing and it turned into a game that suited them for the first 45.
“We were trying to compete, but we forgot when we win it back or we get on any second balls, we need to try and play as well.
“So, taking all into consideration, I am pretty satisfied getting the draw in the end, and I had confidence the players would find a better second half performance.
“I thought we played better and we continued to compete with Allan McGregor making a good save for us, but Scott McKenna has kept them in the tie as well.
“It is probably a fair result on reflection.
“I just thought we fell into their trap. They won a physical game – the grass is long here and its bobbly, and the ball is in the air a lot and there are a lot of first balls and second balls, and they are quite effective at it.
“We tried to compete and stand up to it, but they probably just edged it. In the second half, we asked them to play a bit more, and when we get it, play them, keep moving, keep hurting them – and I thought we looked a lot more of a threat in the second half and we looked a lot more like us.
“But, when this draw came out, coming up to Pittodrie in a cup game, it was always going to be a tough test and we have come through it and we have another opportunity in front of a full house, and I am sure they will get right behind us and we can play more our style of game, and hopefully that’s enough.”
Ryan Kent provided the assist for Worrall from a corner-kick, and also provided a number of other opportunities from the set-piece throughout the afternoon.
On his performance, Gerrard said: “The kid is on fire, and he is in the form of his life – he is enjoying his football, he’s smiling, he’s happy and again, he came up with a number for us, and I thought [also] Joe Worrall was terrific – what a big goal to keep his team in the Cup and McGregor keeps in the Cup at the other end.
“Having said that, towards the end, we were looking the more likely to get it done and their defenders have come up with some mighty blocks.
“All-in-all, I’m still a little bit emotional now speaking here about the game, but it i probably a fair result on reflection.”
And, on Allan McGregor, who got a hand to Cosgrove’s spot-kick, he added: “He was very unlucky – he guessed the right way so he was very unfortunate, and he was unlucky not to keep a clean sheet today.
“We have played 90 minutes away at Aberdeen and they haven’t scored in open play, so that’s another positive.
“We just need to make sure we stop giving these penalties away.”