'Well lose at Ibrox - again

Last updated : 27 December 2004 By Firparkcorner

It was a strange looking 'Well team which kicked off in the rain at Ibrox. Corr replaced Marshall (seems he had an injection in a painful elbow), Corrigan and Fitzpatrick formed the central midfield partnership in the absence of Leitch and O'Donnell, McDonald stood in for the suspended Clarkson and Quinn made an appearance at left back. Apart from those few changes it was business as usual.

We fell behind in the third minute when our defence seemed to hesitate after Novo controlled the ball with his hand. The officials did not seem to notice though and Corr had to retrieve the ball from the back of the net.

Ten minutes later saw Partridge escape a booking when he fouled on the edge of the box. The free kick was wasted but the let off was short lived as a ball over the top released Novo to score the second.

Our attempts to recover were few and far between but the best in the first half came after Foran fed McDonald leading to a good shot just off target. The pair threatened the Rangers defence all game in contrast to the weakened midfield which at times demonstrated their inexperience.

The half time break provided the unusual sight of both sets of fans united in applauding the unveiling of a tribute to Davie Cooper. It was just a pity that the accompanying video on the big screens failed to show Cooper in claret and amber.

Our moment came a couple of minutes after the restart. Again it was the Foran and McDonald partnership which proved to be effective. Foran twisted and turned wide on the left wing before passing to McDonald. Skippy worked himself the chance of a shot from the edge of the box and it flew into the postage stamp corner. The goal was at the Broomloan end and the travelling fans celebrated with the team.

Our hopes were quickly dashed when Novo ran through the defence a couple of minutes later. He passed to Arverladze who beat Corr.

We stuck to our task but no breakthrough arrived. Fitzpartick and McDonald were replaced by Burns and Wright with twenty minutes remaining but to little effect.

Corr had to make several vital saves to keep the score respectable but Rangers found the net again at the end.

On the positive side it was good to see McDonald buzzing again and if there is no reaction to his efforts today then he will be welcomed back next week when Aberdeen arrive to first foot us at Fir Park.