STEVEN GERRARD was happy that his side ground out three points today at the CBD Hope Stadium against Hamilton Academical.
The Gers won the match 4-1 thanks to a fantastic goal from Ryan Kent, two penalties slotted home with aplomb by captain James Tavernier and Alfredo Morelos with a strike in time added on.
Speaking after the match, the gaffer said that he wanted more from his team, but that he was happy to get the result in the end.
He told RangersTV, “I’m too pleased with the display. I thought that we were average today at best, but in terms of the result very pleased.
“It’s a big three points for us and we carry on the momentum from before the international break.
“If you take into consideration that it’s after international with a few players having had some time off, it’s a tricky environment with the plastic pitch.
“I’m pleased with the players the way they stayed and showed character to go and win the game at 1-1.
“I’d have liked to have seen the players playing at a better speed, a better tempo, but I am always searching for perfection so it’s maybe me who is a little bit harsh.
“I’m maybe looking for the Hearts and the Rapid performance, but it’s not going to be like that all year round. Sometimes you have got to win when we are not at it and we have got to grind results. I thought that today we ground one out.”
The win today was the first away victory for the Gers on the road in the Ladbrokes Premiership today, a duct that the manager was happy to break.
He said: “I think so yes because it gets that pressure off us. People are taking before the game that we haven’t won away this season, but we’ve deserved to win away.
“I had the confidence that it was only a matter of time, but it’s nice to get that away. We go to St Mirren next and it’s another opportunity for us to go and build on this performance.”
Ahead of a busy week with games in the Europa League and League Cup, Gerrard made three changes to his starting eleven with Nikola Katic, Andy Halliday and Jordan Rossiter coming back into the team.
When asked about the changes following the match, he said: “It worked now standing here, but there was times when we were at 1-1, I’m thinking to myself whether I should have made those changes.
“I thought that Andy (Halliday) was terrific. He played really well and had a strong performance and he hasn’t let me down as of yet.
“Nikola (Katic) did okay, but I felt that tactically we needed to change that up towards the end. The changes now have worked, but there was times when I was looking back wondering if I shouldn’t have.”