STEVEN GERRARD reckons his side “changed at 2-0 up” as Aberdeen came back to draw 2-2 with Rangers at Pittodrie tonight.

The Light Blues were outstanding in the opening stages at Pittodrie as Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack netted before the home side fought back.

Speaking tonight to RangersTV, Gerrard said: “I thought we were very dominant for 35-40 minutes and we were looking outstanding. But, I think that went to a few players’ heads – we looked a completely different side from going 2-0 up.

“Instead of doing the same things that we were doing ever-so well, we stopped doing them, then they get a goal at an important time.

“We should have seen the game out until half-time and went in 2-0 up, and then the momentum completely changed.

“Aberdeen got confidence from it, went more direct, put more pressure on us and we didn’t manage the game well enough and didn’t handle that pressure well enough.

“We changed at 2-0 up. That 35-40 minute period at the beginning is as good as we have played and we kept taking the ball off Aberdeen and dominating them all over the pitch, but then we concede a stupid goal, and that changes the atmosphere in the stadium and changes how they are thinking.

“Then, obviously, it is a different team-talk at half-time. We tried to reset it at half-time to get back to what we had been doing at the start of the game – it didn’t happen.

“We had experienced players making mistakes and we conceded a really poor goal for the second one – switching off from a throw-in and giving a throw-in away where we shouldn’t have given it away.

“Then, we are not hungry enough to defend our goal in the box. I am disappointed with the second half performance.”

The manager was asked if it was all the more frustrating conceding so soon after half-time given his message.

He continued: “Yes, but at 2-0, we should still be in that zone and that mode that got us there where we were hungry, aggressive and we were passing the ball really well.

“We were lending the ball to space and we put pressure on them, but for some reason, we just stopped doing all the right things at 2-0.”

And, asked about re-focusing for the League Cup Final on Sunday, he said: “We said after the international break we had a lot of tough fixtures and a very tough spell. Whether we win and we feel really good about ourselves or whether we draw or lose and we feel indifferent or bad, we have to move on as quick as we can.

“We need to recover as quick as we can and reset the mentality to get ready for a real, tough game at the weekend.”

 

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