MARK WARBURTON revealed his players are furious after they missed a hat-full of chances as they succumbed to a 1-1 draw at Alloa this afternoon.
The Light Blues were completely dominant against the Wasps, but severe profligacy in front of goal was to cost them all three points, with Michael O’Halloran required to level the game with eight minutes left after Jason Marr had given the home side the lead earlier with effectively their only venture over the halfway line.
Warburton explained: “It’s highly frustrating. The players are in the dressing room angry and irate, but it about the group – it’s not about one player or a group of players, it’s about everyone together, and as a group of staff and players we are really frustrated today as for all the good work we did we didn’t get the end rewards.
“We have to be more clinical in front of goal to get the rewards for all of our good work.
“There was some great play. We could have been one-up after a minute, two-up after five and it could have been four or five at half-time – and that’s no disrespect to our opponent.
“Some of our interplay was really pleasing. It is a difficult surface –and that’s not an excuse in any way – but it is difficult and you find players taking an extra touch to control the ball, but in football you simply have to put the ball into the back of the net, and we created chance after chance.
“It’s the nature of the game. Sometimes you score five or six having not played so well, other times you play really well and only score one.
“Today, we have only scored one goal but it could have been double figures.”
Alloa’s goal was from a corner kick, and Warburton revealed he warned his players of that potential scenario at the interval.
He continued: “We spoke at half-time that for as long as it stays 0-0, they would be looking for one set-piece, and it came.
“I can’t think of any save that Wes actually had to make in 90 minutes of football before then, but we found ourselves 1-0 down.
“Our reaction was good though. We had corner after corner after corner, but it wasn’t enough.”
One positive from the afternoon was O’Halloran getting his first Rangers goal on what was his first start for the club, and Warburton paid tribute to him as well as a number of other members of his squad.
He concluded: “I’m really pleased for Michael and he looked really dangerous, and in particular in the last 10 to 15 minutes he was excellent.
“He got his reward, and as well as him, I thought Billy King came on and did really well on the left with good movement.
“There were some good performances today, but they won’t be remembered as good performances as we didn’t get the end product.”