Reaction: Danny Wilson


DANNY WILSON gave the following reaction to yesterday’s defeat to Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium.

He said: “We know we could have done a lot better. With the way we started the game, we could have been a couple of goals up and sending off changed it, there’s no getting away from that.

“We have to be better when we go down to 10-men to close the game up and give ourselves a better chance. When the game goes 3-1, it’s virtually over, so when the game goes to 2-1, we have to give ourselves the best opportunity.

“When we were 11v11, I thought there was only one team that was going to win. Even when they equalised, I was still confident we would go on and get the job done, but the sending off does change it and it’s a tough one to take.

“It’s still early in the season and we are still trying to grow as a team. We will come back from this.”

Wilson was a half time substitute in the game, and on the manager’s message, he continued: “He just said he wanted to change it. We were behind in the game and we thought it might be the best way for us to try and get a foothold in the game. As it was, they scored early in the second half and we were always chasing the game – we were always chasing it anyway – but it made it that bit more difficult.

“We tried, but it just didn’t quite work for us on the day and it’s disappointing as everyone put in a lot of effort, and to come away with nothing is really disappointing, but it’s still early days. Hopefully this is just a blip and we can move on from it.”

The back three has been seen in the Sheffield Wednesday, Motherwell and now Hibs games, but Wilson says it isn’t something which has been worked on specifically.

He added: “Not particularly. Sometimes it’s needs must – you look last week at Motherwell – they were only going to play one way and that was to go direct into the box and the manager wanted extra height in there, which I was happy to come on and do.

“Sheffield was maybe a nod towards that. Yesterday was maybe a change of shape to try and get back into the game. I’ve found myself on the bench in the first few games of the season, and usually as a defender you don’t expect to make as many sub appearances, but I have been delighted to do so, although I am just really disappointed for the lads and the fans we couldn’t get the win.”

And on restarting the momentum against Hearts next week, he concluded: “Absolutely. From the tail end of pre-season, we have been in good spirits and have been building good momentum, which has come to a stop today. We need to pick it up again next week and get three points on the board.”

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