MARTYN Waghorn says missing his first Rangers penalty was a blessing in disguise!
The striker thought he had let Rangers winning Championship run slip when his 89th-minute spot-kick was saved by Queen of the South keeper Robbie Thomson.
However the 25-year-old admits he ended the game with a better feeling after heading home the winner less than a minute later.
Waghorn’s late clincher made it 10 wins on the trot for the Ibrox men, who were made to work for their victory by James Fowler’s Doonhamers.
The striker grinned: “It was a roller-coaster of emotions for me, from the disappointment of the penalty to the winning goal.
“But the character of the lads to keep going and get the win makes it that bit more satisfying.
“I was disappointed because it’s not nice to miss so close to the end of the game but I just had to get on with the game.
“There is no point dwelling on it too long and letting it affect me.
“I found myself just running about to get it out of my head so it was a relief that I got the chance at the end to make amends.
“The way it worked out it actually felt better winning it with the header than if I had scored the penalty.
“I just thought I would get through to the final whistle and see what happens so it was pleasing to eventually get on the end of Nathan’s cross and get the win.
“The way we won it was more satisfying, and to come back from a goal down was nice.
“It’s the first time we have been behind at home this season so it was great desire and work-rate from the boys to keep going right until the end.”
Gers had to fight back from 1-0 down after Queens took the lead late in the first-half through Derek Lyle.
Jason Holt pegged one back and it looked likely that the Light Blues would drop their first points of the season, until Waghorn popped up with his late header.
The striker had a hatful of chances across the game and conceded he endured a frustrating afternoon before his 15th goal of the season.
Waghorn and his teammates will swap league for cup on Tuesday when they look to progress to the semi-finals of the Petrofac Training Cup against Livingston.
The in-from forward continued: “Heads wouldn’t have gone down if we had failed to win.
“We had the set-back against St Johnstone a few weeks ago but we have kicked on since then.
“It will be tough to go the while season unbeaten but at least we still have that record for a bit longer anyway.
“I had a few chances that I maybe should have scored a couple of but to be fair to Queen of the South they played well and on another day we might not have got the win but the boys showed what we are all about by not stopping until the very end.
“We want to go as far as we can in any Cup tournament and with it being the quarter-finals the boys will be putting it all in to go as far as we can.
“I have never won a trophy before in my career so I will be going out there to win and get us through to the next round.”