PEDRO CAIXINHA praised Kenny Miller and Jon Toral after their superb goals secured three valuable points for Rangers against Alan Archibald’s Partick Thistle at a packed Ibrox.
With 39 minutes on the clock Miller found the net with an accurate back post header, although he’ll be the first to thank James Tavernier for his superb delivery from the right wing.
That goal was just what the game needed and on 53 minutes Toral doubled his side’s advantage after superb link-up play with Emerson Hyndman.
The on-loan Bournemouth playmaker danced past a defender in the box before laying it on a plate for his Spanish teammate who swept the ball effortlessly past Tomas Cerny.
But Caixinha, speaking to RangersTV post-match, recognised the importance of Miller’s first goal after what had been a frustrating first half up to that point.
He said: “It’s always important, as I told you keeping a clean sheet is important and scoring the first goal is a huge advantage.
The data says that at least 40 percent of teams that score the first goal win matches so we want to take that advantage.
“So we did it very good and it was a fantastic goal, fantastic combination between Emerson and Jon for the second one.
“But regarding the first goal it was one of the things that we work on during the week.
“We call it the supported switch of play in order to release one player on the wide area and we want them to explore more on a one v one situation where he can attack the space, attack the defender or place a cross like James’.”
On his side’s overall performance this afternoon, the gaffer added: “The first 30 minutes I didn’t like it at all.
“Once again I think the opponent got on the game better than us.
“Of course we did very good things after that. I think the last 15 minutes were more like what we were expecting from ourselves from this game.
“The first 20 minutes of the second half in which we scored we had good chances, good football and we were enthusiastic and connected with the crowd.”