No Joy at Ibrox
Report of match Rangers 2 Motherwell 0 played 19th March 2003
Around 100 'Well fans went to see the predictable defeat at Ibrox tonight and there were few positives to take from the game. Rangers did not need to get out of second gear and despite our best efforts, we could have played all night without scoring.
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.
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!
|Competition: Bank of Scotland Scottish Premier Date: Wednesday, 19th March 2003 Kick off: 19:45 Venue: Ibrox|
|2 - 0||Motherwell
|Ronald de Boer (Konterman 58)||5|
|Michael Mols (Arveladze 60)||6|
|26||Peter Lovenkrands (McCann 66)||6|
|Bert Konterman (de Boer 58)||5|
|11||Neil McCann (Lovenkrands 66)||5|
|24||Shota Arveladze (Mols 60)||5|
|Dougie Ramsey (Cowan 29)||5|
|Dirk Lehmann (Craig 75)||6|
|27||David Clarkson (Offiong 65)||5|
|16||David Cowan (Ramsey 29)||5|
|17||Steven Craig (Lehmann 75)|
|41||Richard Offiong (Clarkson 65)||5|
|Rangers cards shown|
|45 mins||Peter Lovenkrands||Unsporting behaviour|
|77 mins||Kevin Muscat||Unsporting behaviour|
|Motherwell cards shown|
|32 mins||Tony Vaughan||Unsporting behaviour|
|83 mins||David Cowan||Unsporting behaviour|
|89 mins||Steven Craig||Unsporting behaviour|