No Joy at Ibrox

Last updated : 19 March 2003 By Firparkcorner

We started with an adventurous 4-3-1-2 formation, McFadden playing behind the front pairing of Lehmann and Clarkson. Adams returned into the midfield alongside Corrigan and Lasley.

Rangers had the bulk of the possession in the early stages but we had a great chance to take the lead. Faddy drifted away from his marker and floated a delightful ball into the path of Lehmann. Dirk's first touch wasn't the best though and Klos was able to block the shot with his body.

At the other end we had a let off when a goal line clearance prevented a looping header from opening the scoring. Rangers weren't to be denied for long though and opened the scoring moments later. Michael Mols was brought down on the edge of the 'D' by Partridge and Barry Ferguson stepped up to take the free kick. He curled it into the far corner leaving Frankie with no chance.

Rangers had a lot of pressure in the rest of the half but rarely threatened FdB. A few crosses and wayward shots were all we had to worry about. We did break forward occasionally but we struggled to penetrate the Rangers defence.

Had we been able to keep the score at 1-0 for the first part of the second half we might have had an outside chance of a draw. Instead Rangers killed the match inside 90 seconds. Lovenkrands was released down the left and his pace took him into the box. His shot wasn't the strongest but it was a neat finish and beat DuBourdeau along the ground.

Rangers eased off the gas and we ventured forward a couple times. Again, we struggled to create chances and Offiong appeared to wimp out of throwing himself at a bouncing ball in the box.

A 'Well corner!
Frankie made his only real save of the game late on when he pushed away a good header from Arvaladze. As a contest the game was a non-event and there is little we can take from it. Faddy did look lively at times but he was a class above everyone else in our team and could not do it by himself.

We have now lost our last three league games and confidence must be wobbling. Let's hope a change in fortune will happen on Saturday!