PEDRO CAIXINHA was left with mixed feelings after Rangers’ victory over Hearts at Ibrox this afternoon.
After strong start with Joe Garner netting after just six minutes, the Jambos were then reduced to 10 men with Prince Buaben walking for a professional foul 20 minutes later.
And, while delighted to make it two wins on the bounce, Caixinha wasn’t overly impressed with some aspects of the performance.
He told RangersTV.tv: “I think the team began the game very well. In the first 10 minutes the boys really did what we are expecting from them and we were rewarded by the game that we scored in that moment.
“But we started losing duels, started losing the challenges – and that is something the team is struggling with – second balls. It’s killing us all the time and it allowed Hearts to be in the game more, to be closer to our goal and to have more corners and crosses.
“We struggled a little bit with it, but after the sending off the team calmed down a little bit because they dropped off and created two lines of four just to defend the central space. We could not move the ball that fast in order to call the opponent to one side and explore the other side, or be more aggressive on the moves off the ball in order to create spaces round the back.
“That’s what we spoke with the players about at half time. We committed a lot of mistakes at the start of the second half and didn’t have the right attitude at the start of the second half, and that cost us the goal.
“One again the line of cover was too far away and we conceded all the space in one transition after one set piece from us. It’s something we are talking with the boys on and working on, but we are committing the same mistakes.
“We got lucky to score after that and we could have killed the game with two or three chances we had after that but could not take the best decision. At least we took the three points which is the most important thing. It’s two wins in a row and on Wednesday we welcome Aberdeen, and we want to win to stay just three points from the second position.”