Hard work paying off for Gers

16 December 2009 09:18
Miller helped fire the Ibrox club back to the top of the table on Tuesday night as Dundee United were swept aside with alarming ease at Tannadice.[LNB]The 3-0 win in the rearranged fixture was a third emphatic SPL victory in a row for Walter Smith's men following last month's surprise defeat at Aberdeen.[LNB]Miller, who scored twice last night to take his season tally to eight goals, said: "We've had a few meetings and a lot of things were said.[LNB]"One of the things was we maybe weren't working hard enough on or off the ball.[LNB]"I feel we've definitely been putting that right in the last month and I think you've been seeing the rewards of that, not just with the results but with the performances."[LNB]Miller, who turns 30 next week, described last night's display as Rangers' best of the season.[LNB]"It's a tough place to come," he said.[LNB]"We've been here and we've had hard games before. You saw what happened to Celtic a couple of weeks back when they were 1-0 up and dominating the game as well.[LNB]"So we were wary of that in the second half but obviously getting that second goal gave us that bit of breathing space."[LNB]He added: "Within the game, I felt we were working really, really hard.[LNB]"We're two, three-nil up and we're still pressing the full-backs.[LNB]"Those lads, particularly in the wide areas, have been working really, really hard."[LNB]One of those wide men was DaMarcus Beasley, whose stunning left-foot drive opened the scoring - his first goal since the 2008 Scottish Cup final.[LNB]Miller said: "It was a fantastic goal and it came at a good time.[LNB]"I felt we were on top for the majority of the first half so to get that goal was really important for us."[LNB]Miller was also pleased to get on the scoresheet himself but even more delighted to see Rangers go top.[LNB]"It's massive; you want to be at the top of the table," he said.[LNB]"You'd much rather be at the top of the table than chasing like we were for the majority of last season."[LNB]United captain Darren Dods struggled to explain his side's limp performance which signalled the end of their nine-game unbeaten run in the SPL.[LNB]"We didn't seem to get going," he said.[LNB]"We thought second half we could put them under pressure, try to get back in it."[LNB]He added: "It's disappointing, especially after beating Celtic here.[LNB]"After the second goal, we had to start chasing them and they started picking holes in us after that."[LNB]United and Hibernian had been tipped to push the Old Firm hard in the title race this season but the last week has seen a gap begin to emerge.[LNB]Dods said: "We're just looking at trying to get back in the mix for third place with Hibs at the moment.[LNB]"If we can't get closer to the Old Firm then so be it."[LNB][LNB]

Source: Team_Talk