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  • Date:21 Aug 2011
  • Kick-off:14:15
  • Venue:Fir Park Stadium
  • Attendance:10,092
  • Jelavic (19) Naismith (19)
    Lafferty (45) Wylde (84)
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89:38

Lee Wallace sends in a cross, save by Darren Randolph.

88:24

Effort from inside the area by David Healy misses to the left of the target.

87:11

Foul by Keith Lasley on Steven Davis, free kick awarded. (Rangers) makes a substitution, with David Healy coming on for Nikica Jelavic. Free kick taken by Steven Davis.

86:14

John Fleck takes a shot from 12 yards. Blocked by Keith Lasley.

84:57

Salim Kerkar on for Gregg Wylde.

84:13

A goal is scored by Gregg Wylde from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Motherwell 0-3 Rangers.Assist on the goal came from Steven Davis.

80:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Humphrey on Dorin Goian. Lee Wallace takes the free kick.

79:32

Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, save made by Allan McGregor.

78:57

Corner taken by Tom Hateley played to the near post, save by Allan McGregor.

77:42

The offside flag is raised against Jamie Murphy. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.

76:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Palazon Juanma Ortiz on Steve Jennings. Direct free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.

74:42

John Fleck joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kyle Lafferty.

73:42

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley played to the near post, save by Jordan McMillan.

73:21

Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line, save made by Allan McGregor.

72:10

Foul by Kyle Lafferty on Stevie Hammell, free kick awarded. Kyle Lafferty receives a yellow card. Tom Hateley produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Lee Wallace gets a block in.

71:06

Header from deep inside the area by Steven Naismith goes over the bar.

66:45

Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, Jamie Murphy challenges Allan McGregor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

66:27

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley played to the near post, Jordan McMillan makes a clearance.

64:03

Palazon Juanma Ortiz takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

62:23

The ball is swung over by Chris Humphrey.

61:40

The official flags Jamie Murphy offside. Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

60:11

Shot from inside the area by Steven Naismith clears the bar.

58:30

Outswinging corner taken by Steven Davis, clearance made by Tom Hateley.

58:11

Gregg Wylde takes a shot. Blocked by Steve Jennings.

56:34

The assistant referee signals for offside against Michael Higdon. Free kick taken by Steven Davis.

56:09

Kyle Lafferty takes a shot from 12 yards. Save by Darren Randolph.

52:32

Michael Higdon is ruled offside. Jordan McMillan takes the free kick.

50:52

Jordan McMillan concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Murphy. Tom Hateley crosses the ball in from the free kick.

49:42

Stephen Craigan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Lafferty. Steven Davis restarts play with the free kick.

48:58

Shot by Gregg Wylde.

46:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Higdon on Kyle Lafferty. Free kick taken by Lee Wallace.

45:07 +0.07

Kyle Lafferty finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Motherwell 0-2 Rangers.The assist for the goal came from Palazon Juanma Ortiz.

43:47

Tom Hateley takes a corner.

42:36

Jordan McMillan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy. Booking for Jordan McMillan for unsporting behaviour. Stevie Hammell takes the free kick.

42:04

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gregg Wylde from the right by-line to the near post, Tom Hateley manages to make a clearance.

41:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Hutchinson on Kyle Lafferty. Booking for Shaun Hutchinson for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Palazon Juanma Ortiz.

40:24

Foul by Dorin Goian on Tom Hateley, free kick awarded. Tom Hateley takes the direct free kick.

37:54

Palazon Juanma Ortiz concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Law. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

37:42

Handball by Jamie Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

36:39

Tom Hateley takes a outswinging corner.

35:06

Corner taken left-footed by Kyle Lafferty from the left by-line, Tom Hateley manages to make a clearance.

34:39

Steven Naismith takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.

33:42

Jordan McMillan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Tom Hateley.

32:47

Drilled right-footed shot by Nicky Law. Save by Allan McGregor.

31:44

Keith Lasley takes a shot. Blocked by Dorin Goian.

29:55

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley.

28:35

Lee Wallace gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicky Law. Stevie Hammell crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Jordan McMillan.

22:21

Outswinging corner taken by Steven Davis from the right by-line, clearance by Michael Higdon.

19:12

Steven Davis takes the inswinging corner, Steven Naismith finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Motherwell 0-1 Rangers.The assist for the goal came from Steven Davis.

19:00

Steven Naismith takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.

17:32

Unfair challenge on Stephen Craigan by Kyle Lafferty results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

16:43

The referee blows for offside against Michael Higdon. Allan McGregor takes the indirect free kick.

15:58

Kyle Lafferty gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Craigan. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.

13:22

Ross Perry fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

10:33

Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.

10:13

Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.

8:29

Inswinging corner taken by Gregg Wylde, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Nikica Jelavic misses to the right of the target.

7:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Ross Perry. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Craigan.

5:02

The assistant referee signals for offside against Michael Higdon. Free kick taken by Dorin Goian.

1:18

Shaun Hutchinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Lafferty. The ball is swung over by Steven Davis, Nikica Jelavic produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

0:13

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Tom Hateley, save by Allan McGregor.

Match Preview

McCoist focussed on Motherwell clash Ally McCoist insists Rangers have no time to dwell on their Europa League defeat to Maribor as they bid to bounce back with a win over Motherwell. The Scottish champions travel to Fir Park for Sunday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash still reeling from the loss in Slovenia, which leaves their hopes of progressing to the group stages in the balance. But McCoist believes a mouth-watering meeting with a Motherwell side who sit top of the table is the ideal tonic for his players. He said: "It's the easiest thing in the world because we are playing the team at the top of the league, against a team who haven't lost a goal this season. "They have kept four clean-sheets, which is a fantastic record. It's a good game for us, it's a really, really good game. "There is no time to look back and feel the disappointment - that's gone now and we are looking forward to the next game. "It's a top of the table clash and it's against a team who are playing full of confidence and who are playing really well." McCoist came out on top over his former Rangers team-mate Terry Butcher at Inverness last week and is hoping for similar luck against another old Ibrox colleague, Stuart McCall. He said: "Stuart has done really well but it's no surprise. He is just a good lad and he has made a very clever and astute signing in Kenny Black. "I know Kenny very well also and they have a good management team there and, indeed, a good team on the park. "Stuart has been a good friend for a long time and he will continue to be a good friend. I just hope I get the same result over a good friend this weekend as I did last weekend." Rangers were not the only Scottish team to suffer disappointment on the European stage, with Celtic held to a goalless draw at home against Swiss side Sion and Hearts crashing to a 5-0 defeat against Tottenham. McCoist said: "It doesn't look good when none of our teams managed to get a result. "Celtic had a goalless draw and I would imagine Neil Lennon would still fancy Celtic to go through. From our point of view, as disappointing as the result was, I firmly believe that we will get through. "My immediate problem is making sure we qualify for this tournament, that's my target after what will be a difficult game at Motherwell. "Without being over-confident, which I would never be, I saw enough, even through the disappointment, to think that we have a more than reasonable chance of qualifying. "Whether it's at international level or club level, everybody has a duty to do their best to get the co-efficient of the country up. "I would have to say, we have done our best in recent years and I don't think anybody could argue with that. Hopefully we will do so again by qualifying." McCoist is hoping Matt McKay, Carlos Bocanegra and Alejandro Bedoya will all be available Australian McKay is waiting for a work permit, while American duo Bocanegra - who made his debut against Maribor - and Bedoya are both seeking visas ahead of Sunday's game. Steven Whittaker is set to return for the clash at Fir Park after being out with a broken toe but Maurice Edu is suspended and Sasa Papac (illness), David Weir (hamstring) and Kyle Bartley (groin) are likely to remain on the sidelines. Motherwell manager McCall is determined to put right their record against Rangers as the Lanarkshire side seek their first win against the champions since Boxing Day 2002. McCall has led Motherwell to the Scottish Cup final and now to the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League since taking over at the turn of the year. But his SPL record against his former club has been bitterly disappointing, having suffered a 6-0 loss at Ibrox and a 5-0 home defeat. Motherwell did play well against Rangers in the League Cup semi-final in January before going down 2-1, so McCall knows his team are capable of testing Rangers. And, having not conceded a goal in four SPL games, Motherwell have a right to be quietly confident. McCall said: "Looking at the three games, there was the CIS semi-final when we were more than a match. It could and should have gone to extra-time, it was a very even game. "We went to Ibrox with a depleted defence and I take responsibility because I tried to play a back three at the last minute without really working on it, because of all the injuries we had. "We got a doing there and weren't at it, having said that they scored three goals in the last 12 minutes, which put a bad slant on the scoreline. "Then here we were equal and (Allan) McGregor's had two fantastic saves. We go in 1-0 down but then their three top men - Naismith, Jelavic and Davis - played at their peak. "If the Old Firm's top players are on their game, it's a difficult afternoon, but you've got to stick at it and keep battling. "Although it sounds daft, I think for one-and-a-half of the three games, we matched them. So we've got to make sure on Sunday it's a game where we match them and hopefully pull off a result that we've not done for many a moon." Motherwell midfielder Keith Lasley returns to the squad after suspension, so Steven Saunders (Achilles) is the only absentee for McCall.

Formation:442Manager: Stuart McCall

Motherwell

Formation: 442Manager: Walter Smith

Rangers

  • Darren Randolph
  • Tom Hateley
  • Stephen Craigan
  • Shaun Hutchinson
  • Stevie Hammell
  • Chris Humphrey
  • Keith Lasley
  • Steve Jennings
  • Nicky Law
  • Jamie Murphy
  • Michael Higdon
  • SUBS
  • Lee Hollis
  • Robert McHugh
  • Ross Forbes
  • Jonathan Page
  • Jordan Halsman
  • Steven Lawless
  • Stewart Carswell

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Match Report

Rangers sweep aside Motherwell Injury-ravaged Rangers bounced back from their Europa League loss to Maribor by beating Motherwell 2-0 to inflict a first Clydesdale Bank Premier League defeat of the season on the hosts. Steven Naismith opened the scoring at Fir Park, before Kyle Lafferty doubled the advantage and Gregg Wylde wrapped up the victory late on. The win will no doubt act as a much-needed confidence-booster ahead of Thursday's second leg against the Slovenians at Ibrox as Rangers attempt to overturn a 2-1 deficit. Rangers handed first SPL starts to youngsters Jordan McMillan and Ross Perry. Wylde and Lafferty were also drafted into the side, with Maurice Edu suspended, Lee McCulloch suffering a recurrence of a knee problem and Kirk Broadfoot also absent from the squad. Carlos Bocanegra - who made his Rangers debut against Maribor in Slovenia - was unavailable for selection as he and fellow American Alejandro Bedoya failed to obtain visas in time for today's game. Rangers had hoped Steven Whittaker would recover from a broken toe but he remained on the sidelines along with skipper David Weir, Kyle Bartley and Sasa Papac. Motherwell headed into the game in better shape, with Keith Lasley returning from suspension to replace Ross Forbes the only change from their win over St Mirren. Rangers were under pressure in the opening minute when Tom Hateley whipped a corner into the box for Jamie Murphy in front of goal but Allan McGregor managed to block before he could connect cleanly. At the other end, a Steven Davis free-kick was met by Nikica Jelavic but the striker nodded just over from 10 yards out, before directing another header wide of target moments later from a Wylde corner. In an action packed opening to the game, McGregor was called into action to prevent a stinging effort from Murphy finding the back of the net, before Randolph was forced to react quickly and block from Lafferty. The breakthrough came after 19 minutes when Davis sent a corner into the packed goalmouth and Jelavic was first to react with a bullet header that was helped into the back of the net by Naismith with the final touch. Motherwell - who had not conceded a goal this season ahead of the visit of Rangers - tried to haul themselves back into the game. Murphy had the ball in the back of the net after 37 minutes but the effort was disallowed after the Well player was deemed to have handled the ball before unleashing the shot. Rangers were celebrating again on the stroke of half-time when Lafferty raced on to a pass from Juan Manuel Ortiz before sending an angled drive past Randolph. Lafferty could have added to his tally after the restart when he again combined well with Ortiz only to see his effort collected by Randolph on this occasion. The Spaniard also played the part of provider for Naismith but he was wasteful with the shot that was high and wide and did little to trouble the Motherwell goalkeeper. There was a close call for Rangers when Chris Humphrey's effort skimmed the crossbar, before Davis saw his own shot crash off the woodwork at the other end of the pitch. Rangers were threatening again when Jelavic found Ortiz at the back post and he nodded back across goal for Naismith, who saw his own header dip just over the crossbar. Lafferty, who had made his first start after recovering from a hernia operation, was replaced by John Fleck for the final 15 minutes. Rangers wrapped up the victory with six minutes remaining when Davis slotted into the path of Wylde and he rifled past Randolph to ensure no way back for the home side.

Form Guide

    WDWW
  • Motherwell
  • VS
  • Rangers
  • DWW

Last Meetings

  • Motherwell
  • 0 - 5
  • Rangers
  • 30/04/2011
  • Rangers
  • 6 - 0
  • Motherwell
  • 12/02/2011
  • Motherwell
  • 1 - 4
  • Rangers
  • 26/12/2010
  • Rangers
  • 4 - 1
  • Motherwell
  • 16/10/2010
  • Rangers
  • 3 - 3
  • Motherwell
  • 09/05/2010
  • Motherwell
  • 1 - 1
  • Rangers
  • 10/02/2010

Top Scorers

Motherwell

  • J Murphy 2
  • K Lasley 1
  • S Hammell 1
  • T Hateley 1

Rangers

  • SJ Naismith 2
  • N Jelavic 1
  • M Edu 1

Goals

Motherwell

    • Total goals 5
    • Goals per game 5
  • 2 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 81-90 mins

Rangers

    • Total goals 5
    • Goals per game 5
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 61-70 mins

possession


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