Rangers 2-1 Motherwell: Match report and goals

Match Analysis
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Rangers came from behind to win in dramatic fashion and go top of the league after beating Motherwell 2-1 at Ibrox.

Second half goals from Harry Forrester and Kenny Miller gave the Light Blues a deserved victory despite producing a below-par performance.

Mark Warburton named an unchanged side from the 2-1 victory at Dens Park last week; Motherwell came into the match on the back of a 2-1 defeat against St Johnstone.

Rangers did start the brighter. McKay, who was quiet on the whole, and Wallace combined down the left as usual but Wallace’s cut-back was cleared.

Rangers kept the early pressure on and should have taken the lead moments later. Rob Kiernan was sharp in the tackle against McDonald and that put Motherwell on the back foot. Lionel Ainsworth lazily played the ball back towards his own goal and that allowed Kenny Miller to get clean through on goal , but his shot was fizzed over the bar when he really should have hit the target.

Rangers would be made pay for that miss with 19 minutes on the clock. Keith Lasley was too strong for Rossiter and Forrester in the middle of the park. He played the ball to Marvin Johnson, who turned inside James Tavernier and the winger’s cross deflected off Rob Kiernan into the path of Scott McDonald and he scored from a few yards out.

Motherwell, who were having a decent spell, almost added a second. Barton was dispossessed by Chris Cadden in midfield – he played through McDonald before Johnson’s headed lay-off was fired wide of the left-hand post by Clay.

The second half was a much better showing from a Rangers point of view, and as expected Warburton’s men came out for the second half and were immediately on the attack.

Barton found Tavernier, but his perfect cross couldn’t be converted by Halliday because Ben Heneghan decided to pull the Gers midfielder down, but Bobby Madden was unmoved by Halliday’s protests.

However, despite the Rangers pressure, Motherwell were still dangerous on the break. And Wes Foderingham had to be at his best to deny McDonald a second of the game.

Richard Tait’s cross caught out Danny Wilson, who was wrong side of McDonald, but he could only look on in disbelief as Foderingham pulled off a top-drawer save and tip his effort wide of the post.

Warburton made a double switch on the 55th – and those substitutions, along with moving Kenny Miller wide left won Rangers the match.

And the breakthrough came in the 64th minute. Kranjcar, who replaced Halliday, played a delicious ball over the top of Tait – Miller ran onto it but Samson stopped his effort. Forrester, however, was on hand to fire the ball into the empty net.

Foderingham was called into action again and this time he to pull off another crucial save to deny Johnson from distance.

At the other end Rangers went close twice more through Doddo, who found the side netting and Kranjcar from long-range.

As the game looked to be heading for a 1-1 stalemate, Kranjcar fired the ball low across the box, O’Halloran swung and missed it but Kenny Miller, coming in from the left, produced the coolest of finishes in the 92nd minute.

Rangers: Foderingham; Tavernier, Kiernan, Wilson, Wallace; Rossiter, Barton, Halliday (Kranjcar 55);McKay (Dodoo 55), Miller, Forrester (O’Halloran 64).

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