MARK WARBURTON insists it’s difficult for him to be too critical of his Rangers side in the wake of today’s 1-1 home draw with Ross County after what he reckoned was a very strong second half performance.
After falling behind to an Alex Schalk strike, Lee Wallace levelled with 20 minutes left to play, but either side of that, the Light Blues missed countless chances to seal three points as opposed to one.
Warburton however was happy with the way his men responded to the setback of the County goal, and feels they should have not only won the game, but done so in a convincing manner.
Speaking after the game to RangersTV, Warburton was asked for his overall view on the 90 minutes to which he responded: “We are disappointed. I thought we started very brightly and we were pleased with the first 15 minutes, but then we conceded a very poor goal. We speak about goals changing games and the next 15 minutes were the worst 15 minutes of the game – we were sloppy, indecisive and gave them a couple of sniffs on goal before we finished the half strongly.
“We went in at half time, and we’re 1-0 down at Ibrox – and we have to respond and the response was very good.
“It’s hard to criticise the players, and David and I spoke to them at full-time there and we had 24 chances I think and 15 corners – the quality in the final third is key and we have got to put the ball in the back of the net as goals change games.
“We could have had three, four or five in the second half but it has come out 1-1. We have dropped two points at home and we have to recognise that, but on another day we win that comfortably.”
The need to put the ball in the back of the net on a more frequent manner was again mentioned by Warburton who added: “You never want to criticise your players unnecessarily, but we created chance after chance after chance, and I’m watching it going from wide areas, and both flanks to near-post where we had cut-backs and we had balls to the far post. We had 15 corners to one and it was a dominant second-half performance.
“But, we have got to put the ball in the back of the net – teams are going to dig-in and put 10-men behind the ball, which we have to recognise, and as we say, goals change games.”