DOMINIC BALL shared his manager’s frustration at not getting the win Rangers’ play deserved against Kilmarnock yesterday, but insists the Light Blues will travel to the Rugby Park replay full of confidence.
Ball played a key role sitting in front of the defence yesterday, but going forward, the Gers created numerous opportunities but time and again failed to take them, and Ball revealed that led to some major angst in the dressing room afterwards.
The Englishman said: “In the changing room afterwards, the lads were saying that it was good to get another clean sheet, but it just wasn’t our day attacking-wise today. We had loads of chances and just not finished them, and it’s the first game we haven’t scored in all season so it was a bit disappointing.
“The first thing a few of the lads said is it wasn’t our day today. We hit the bar, hit the post, and their keeper made some good saves and some good blocks, and while it’s frustrating not to score, we are still in the draw and we’ll be going to their place to get the win.
“We have another game, and it gives us another chance to send out a message and perform well. All the lads will be up for it and we just said there we will try and smash them and get into the next round.”
Ball’s holding midfield berth is still relatively new to him, but he was key in limiting Kilmarnock to few opportunities, although he admitting taking the ball forward is still taking a bit of getting used to.
He continued: “I try and stay away from their box! The manager wants me to stay as central as possible to protect the two centre-halves, and I think one of the reasons we have kept so many clean sheets is because we have kept that solid triangle with Rob and Danny, and we need to keep doing that.
“It’s five clean sheets in six games now, and with the way we play, having that base to build upon gives the attackers and midfielders more confidence, and since the little downer at Christmas, we have definitely improved that area of our game.”