Win for Hart as Rangers rock Robins

26 December 2009 03:33
Jay Simpson and Mikele Leigertwood were on target in the first half as Rangers registered their first Boxing Day success in eight attempts.[LNB]Nicky Maynard reduced the arrears with a cracking volley while Bristol City were, for long periods, the better side.[LNB]But Hart, who became Rangers' ninth manager in little over two years when he replaced Jim Magilton last week, now has a draw and a win to show from his first two games in charge.[LNB]The hosts were slow starters as they struggled to get to grips with a new diamond midfield formation and were camped in their own half early on.[LNB]Hungarian star Akos Buzsaky, involved for the first time since his dressing-room 'difference of opinion' accounted for Magilton, was a bystander as City dominated.[LNB]Gavin Williams forced a save from home keeper Radek Cerny and Danny Haynes had a shot just deflected wide.[LNB]But, totally against the run of play, Rangers took the lead just after the half-hour when Fitz Hall crossed towards Simpson.[LNB]The on-loan Arsenal forward's initial touch was poor but the ball bounced kindly off Williams back into his path to poke beyond Dean Gerken for his ninth goal of the season.[LNB]City boss Gary Johnson had considered not travelling to the game due to a chest infection.[LNB]And he must have been regretting his decision not stay in his sick bed when, five minutes before the break, Rangers went two ahead.[LNB]Leigertwood collected Buzsaky's flick, cut inside on his left foot and curled an unstoppable effort from 20 yards low inside Gerken's right-hand post.[LNB]Simpson had a chance to put the hosts out of sight after the interval when Wayne Routledge sent him through but the young striker curled his shot high and wide.[LNB]And Johnson's mood improved in the 58th minute when Maynard conjured up his 11th goal of the season in superb style.[LNB]The striker juggled Williams' pass twice in turning and shaking off two Rangers defenders before his third touch, a stunning 20-yard volley, flew past Cerny and into the top corner.[LNB]Johnson and City were twice screaming for penalties in the last 10 minutes when Maynard tumbled under last-ditch challenges from Hall and Peter Ramage but referee David Phillips waved away the appeals.[LNB]Hart saw fit to sacrifice Simpson and Buzsaky for defenders Gary Borrowdale and Matt Connolly to hold off City's late flurry - prompting derision from a number of hard-to-please Rangers fans.[LNB]And the home boss breathed a sigh of relief when City sub David Clarkson hit the side netting with the visitors' last chance.[LNB][LNB]

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