MANAGER Steven Gerrard has praised his players for sticking to their game plan to eventually break down St Mirren’s tight defence in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

In tough weather conditions in Renfrewshire, the Light Blues were held until the 80th minute before Daniel Candeias netted and then Alfredo Morelos added a second in injury time.

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The gaffer was pleased with the efforts of his side in claiming what he reckons was a ‘big three points’ and, speaking exclusively today to RangersTV, explained: “That the players stuck to the game plan, we didn’t panic and we showed excellent patience. I think a couple of moments aside when they had a strike on our goal and had a couple of set-piece moments, I think besides that, we completely controlled a lot of the game and obviously created the better chances.

“I always had confidence and belief it would come. I obviously wanted it to come a bit earlier than it did, but credit to the players that they stuck to the game plan, they didn’t change or panic, but eventually, we got our rewards.

“That is the pleasing thing. They didn’t get frustrated or try and play differently or go individual – we stayed as a team, we kept passing it as a team and we kept creating some really good chances.

“After the goalline scramble, you were thinking if it was going to be one of those days, but I have to praise my players for sticking with it and eventually getting that breakthrough.

“It was thoroughly deserved, and I believe if the breakthrough had come a little earlier, we could have gone on to win even more comfortably than we did.

“But we will take 2-0, a clean sheet and a big three points for us.”

Gerrard knows Gers will face similar tests in the coming months, however, on Saturday at least, he felt confident at the break his side would go on to record the three points.

He added: “The responsibility and the onus is on us to find a way. It’s not easy – the first half at the weekend, the rain was coming in sideways with gale-force winds, so you always felt it might be tough in the first 45.

“But I said to the players at half-time, St Mirren’s chance of scoring against us, or beating us, had gone. I knew that at half-time and I knew once we turned around with the wind in our favour, I always had confidence it would be one-way traffic, and for the majority of the half, it was.”

 

 

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