STEVEN GERRARD was disappointed with his side’s first-half display against Ufa this evening but he believes there were a lot of positives to take from the 90 minutes against the Russians, including another clean sheet and the final score.
The Light Blues will go into next week’s second with a slender one-goal advantage after Connor Goldson hit the winner in the 41st minute from close range at a packed Ibrox Stadium.
Despite an improved second-half showing, the hosts couldn’t find the net again in a second period they again dominated, which left Gerrard with mixed emotions after the full-time whistle.
Speaking to RangersTV, he said: “I think in terms of us and our performance it was a game of two halves.
“We actually won the first half 1-0 but I was disappointed in our showing. I thought we were a bit flat and we waited for the crowd to lift us instead of us lifting the crowd.
I spoke to them quite firmly at half-time and I thought we got an excellent reaction. I thought we were better second half, we were on the front foot, we were aggressive, we played with intensity – we just didn’t get our rewards for that.
“But I thought we were a lot better than them second half. First half I didn’t really think we showed them how good a team we are.
“I don’t think it was about patience, I just felt were just a gear down today. I just thought we were a little bit flat, but maybe I’m expecting too much too soon.
“Because of the 45 minutes of the second half against Maribor I’m expecting that for 90 minutes now, because they’ve spoiled me the players.
“They’ve been excellent and there are a lot of positives to take. We have won another game, we’ve kept another clean sheet, we’ve got a slight advantage going into the second leg but everyone knows there is a big job to do.
“We’re capable of doing it but I think at home I want a little bit more from the team because they are capable of playing at a better intensity than they did first half.”