Kirkwood: We Stood Up To United

From Rangers.co.uk:

BILLY KIRKWOOD feels his Rangers side stood up well to the challenge of “excellent” Manchester United this afternoon.

His Development Squad fell to a 3-2 loss to the Red Devils, but matched them for much of the match and were unlucky in the end not to claim at least a draw.

Speaking to RangersTV, Kirkwood said: “I thought it was an excellent game, and I thought in the first half in particular, both teams got the ball down, passed it and created a lot of good opportunities.

“I thought our boys competed really, really well against an excellent team. They had a lot of pace and looked very comfortable on the ball, and that’s the reason why we take these games.

“Our lads stood up to it exceptionally well. It was a poor goal to lose for the first one. That’s the style we want to play, and that is our model, but unfortunately Cammy [Palmer] has got to learn from that position in terms of not losing the ball.

“Maybe the pass into him could have been better, likewise the choice of pass, and Cammy’s ability to shield it in these situations, and that’s why we take the games, so hopefully Cammy can learn from that.

“The other two were really preventable – one from corner kick and the other from a set play straight after we had got back in the game. I thought in the second half, both teams were a bit scrappy, and if I’m looking at our team in particular, I didn’t think we had real control in the middle of the park and I thought we were untidy in a lot of things we did.

“That is something to look at in terms of the structure.”

Kirkwood was pleased with how his side responded to going behind on all three occasions, adding:  “There were good opportunities. Glenn Middleton had a chance, Serge had a chance and Liam Burt had a chance. Andy Dallas was unfortunate too. I thought a draw would have been a fair result over the peace for both teams, but I am disappointed for the lads and disappointed for us after being on such a good run and getting good results against Villarreal and Valencia.”

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