PEDRO CAIXINHA was delighted with the performance and resilience shown by his players in the 3-0 win over Aberdeen on Sunday.
A double from Kenny Miller and one from substitute Joe Dodoo gave the Gers all three points and clawed back some ground on the race for second place in the League.
Speaking to RangersTV today, the Portuguese spoke about the pride he had in the way his team performed but also how he wanted his team to capitalise more on swings in momentum throughout matches.
He said: “I have the opportunity to describe it in just two words; organisation and sacrifice. That is what I am going to show the players when we meet.
“There is another point that I need the players to understand which is the momentum and we had that momentum in the first half.
“I have footage that shows that in the five minutes before roughly the 22nd minute of the game, we had something like 75% of the possession, against 25% from the opponent.
“That means that when you have an opponent like they were in the second half, that are really strong in the second wave of attack and aggressive doing that offensive process, you need to take the initiative.
“In order to take the initiative, you need to take the ball and control the game with the ball. If you have the ball, it doesn’t matter if you aren’t attacking the goal, it’s to calm down the game and bring the momentum to you.
“That’s something important that we did in the first half, which we couldn’t do in the second one in order to sustain all those situations.”
The Gers kept a clean sheet for the second game in a row and the way that the team pulled together and showed their spirit and willingness to fight for each other and for the victory on the park.
Caixinha continued: “With regard to the organisation, especially the defensive organisation, we did a very good job with the defensive set-pieces. We did well to know the spaces that we can explore and the players were trying to lead their players towards making mistakes which we could exploit.
“We need to be happy, there were twenty minutes in the second half where we needed to be brave, show our spirit and sacrifice.
“Everyone was helping each other, even the most talented players needed to defend and we are happy with that.
“Also, having a clean sheet is always important because we have the ability to score against any team and if you have a clean sheet you can end up winning any game.”
The Light Blues manager was pictured dropping to his knees and pumping his fists after the third goal of the game, scored by Joe Dodoo and he says that it was at that point he knew the points would be making the trip back to Ibrox with the team.
He continued: “I enjoyed all of our goals, but especially the third one because I felt that one really killed them totally with their hopes in doing something in the game. It was good for the emotional balance of our team and for their confidence too.
“I am a very passionate guy, sometimes I can keep the emotions inside but at other times I can’t.”
In the run up to the match, Caixinha had said that he and his players expected a heated welcome by the Aberdeen fans, but in his interview today he explained that once the game kicked off he was solely focussed on matters on the pitch.
He said: “To be totally honest with you, when the game starts you don’t really know what is happening outside the four white lines of the pitch.
“I never felt that type of environment, I mean, I felt that there was an enthusiastic crowd with two sets of fans supporting their team. Especially in the second half when they pushed us a little bit more.
“But that aside, in the first half when we had more of the ball, when we controlled more of the game and when we had more chances we didn’t feel it that much and by the end we were happy because we had won the game.”