Draw Leaves Gaffer Frustrated

From Rangers.co.uk:

PEDRO CAIXINHA cut a frustrated figure following this evening’s 2-2 draw with Partick Thistle at Firhill.

The Ibrox gaffer pointed to “two mistakes defensively” as the Jags turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead before Graham Dorrans rescued a late point for the visitors.

Caixinha was however happy with the work-rate of his side and said: “I think the effort from the boys was great and we tried to fight for the game from the beginning to the end.

“The control of the pace and with that, the control the game is the point that I didn’t like. We started with a great goal from Morelos, and we made poor decisions in the last third – and that cost us a little bit of the game in the first half as it was really pacey because of that.

“They were recovering the ball and they were attacking us, and it was looking like a transitions game – or what I would say was more like a basketball game.

“We tried to reorganise the team for the second half, and we committed two mistakes defensively. We lost a duel we should not have lost on the first ball, it got to another duel on the edge of the box and we committed fault. We then opened the wall and that was it for the equaliser.

“After that, we didn’t understand what was going on, we needed to calm down, and then from one bit of bad positioning from the full-back who was too far away and not closing inside, they did a perfect cross in-between the defensive line and the goalkeeper to score.

“We kept going, and we made a couple of changes. Until the end we arrived many times, but it was more with the heart than with the head.

“We fought, and we did everything to get it there, but we could not find the right pass to get the goal.”

Caixinha was pleased with both goals his side scored in the game through Alfredo Morelos and Dorrans, and called for his side to pick themselves up ahead of the return Betfred Cup clash at Firhill on Tuesday night.

He added: “It was two great strikes, and two great goals. But, it is not a question of individuality. We were coming here to win the game, and we think we lost two points.

“We need to keep going, we are here again on Tuesday and it is a knockout game. We want to be in the semi-finals and I am always thinking positively and looking forward.”

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