STEVEN Gerrard says Rangers let themselves down in how they defended set-pieces as they conceded a last minute equaliser to draw with Motherwell.
The Steelmen’s second and third goals came from dead ball situations and the manager said he and his side must learn from the game. The Gers came from behind twice to lead 3-2 through a Kyle Lafferty double and Ovie Ejaria.
Gerrard changed his formation going into the physical encounter at Fir Park, going to three at the back and utilising Borna Barisic and James Tavernier as wing-backs.
He describes the result as the first bump in the road since he took charge at Ibrox. Rangers still remain unbeaten under the former Liverpool captain.
Speaking to RangersTV he said: “It is very disappointing, the timing, the last kick of the game and we tried to get Lee Wallace on to try and help us defend that set-play.
“But Motherwell got the reward but we have given them two goals today. We are bitterly disappointed with the timing of the late equaliser and also disappointed with how we defended set-plays in the main today – it is something we are going to have to look at.
“I don’t think we played well second half, I don’t think we kept the ball well enough or played in their half for long enough periods and we have ourselves to blame for being in that situation.
“I thought when we went a goal down, the first one was an unlucky one, but I thought we played ever so well to get back into it.
“We showed really good character and played some really nice stuff. There were some pleasing aspects of it, but I think when you concede a late equaliser it all just feels that little bit worse and hurts that little bit more.
“I think it is an education for some of my players, who are new to the league and not used to playing against that style. But I thought in general play we stood up to them very well, we defended well and there were a lot of tough performances out there.
“In general play yes the change of system worked, I think the thing that didn’t work today was us defending set-plays.
“We have been done twice so that is what we need to learn from, if you take those two set-pieces away I thought the formation and the way we played was good enough to get a result here.”
Kyle Lafferty added his 39th and 40th Rangers goals on his first start after returning to the club in midweek from Hearts and his manager was impressed by his showing.
Gerrard continued: “I thought he and Alfredo up there linked up really well and he got his rewards with his two goals. I am really pleased with a lot of their partnership today.
“That is the reason I brought him here, goals, big player for us, stands up at the right times and contributes, it is good.”
Rangers now travel to Russia for the second leg of their Europa League play-off game against FC Ufa, carrying a 1-0 lead from the home leg.
The manager said: “There is nothing we can do about the Motherwell result now, except learn from it, and move on.
“I always knew we were going to get some bumps in the road and this is our first real bump.
“It is my job to make sure this is out the system as quick as possible and we need to prepare now because there is a huge game in midweek.”