MARK WARBURTON has called on his side to be braver after they dropped two points at home to Hamilton Academical this afternoon.
The Light Blues came from behind with Martyn Waghorn grabbing a second half equaliser to claim a solitary point, but it was a frustrating afternoon overall for Warburton’s side.
The manager explained: “What we thought before the game materialised. They frustrated, defended really well, were resilient and looked to break.
“They got the goal which gave them something to hang onto, and that’s something else we spoke about before the game, but we have to do better in terms of staying on our feet, not committing and winning the first ball.
“I thought overall in the first half we lacked penetration. We had lots of ball, switched it side to side and showed a good range of passing, and opened them up time after time in terms of side to side, but we never really tested their keeper.
“We were a little bit safe – but in the second half we had more penetration and should have won the game given the number of chances we created. We just lacked that bit more quality in the final third as again, we were dominating possession, and other than when we were loose, they didn’t hurt us.
“We need to be braver in the key area, take risks in the key areas and have a bit more commitment in the key areas. But we got ourselves into it, the substitutes did well which was pleasing.
“You hear the crowd – quite rightly – getting impatient at times, but when we scored the goal they were magnificent. We have to feed off that and recognise what we have to do better.
“The first game is now out of the way and we can move forward from here.”
Video: Mark Warburton Reaction
The game changed on the hour mark with the introduction of Harry Forrester and Michael O’Halloran, with Rangers playing at a much higher tempo after that.
Warburton added: “I was pleased with our substitutes. Michael came on, added pace and power and did a good job for us, especially when Waggy went off.
“When I talk about bravery – Harry did that by hitting a pass with the outside of his foot after Joey [Barton] had won the tackle.
“You need that bit of bravery as the safe option there would have been to pass it out wide.
“We are where we are though – we got a point but are disappointed to drop two at home. We look forward to Tuesday night though.”
Warburton also gave an update on Martyn Waghorn after he limped off in the last 10 minutes saying: “We will see how he is and he will present in the morning. The boys are looking at him now and they will do what they have to do. The medical team are first class, will look after him and see how he presents.”
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