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Gers want Ibrox fear factor
Published : 04 Nov 2012 13:58:00Rss feed
Rangers attacking midfielder Dean Shiels wants to see a return to the days when teams would dread coming to Ibrox. And he believes the Light Blues went some way to achieving their aim on Saturday with a 7-0 thrashing of Alloa in the Scottish Cup. The pressure was on the home side heading into the third-round tie, having crashed out of the Scottish League Cup to Inverness on Wednesday night. But Rangers responded in style by running riot against their Irn-Bru Second Division visitors and double goalscorer Shiels hopes they have sent out a strong message to anyone else who visits Govan this season. The Northern Ireland international said: "Our home form has been good but there have been times when we haven't been ruthless enough in front of goal and maybe defending our goal. "That's something the manager has spoken about a lot this season. "I think when you go three or four goals up, you've just got to keep going and try to get the next goal. "It will make teams not want to come here and play here - that's the aim." As well as the 3-0 defeat to Inverness, Rangers were also dumped from the Ramsdens Cup by Queen of the South on penalties earlier in the campaign. Shiels was pleased to avoid a third cup exit at Ibrox and bounce back from the midweek loss. He added: "It's good when you get a defeat that you've only got a couple of days to put it right again. "When that defeat happened, we looked over our faults and where we went wrong and tried to correct it in the next game. "We knew this was potentially another banana skin so we had to start well and we managed to do that. "Cup games are just all about progressing and getting through to the next round and we have managed to do that with a bit of style." Shiels, Lee McCulloch and Barrie McKay all claimed a double each, with Robbie Crawford also finding the back of the net. As well as scoring two goals, Shiels also set up a couple but was denied his hat-trick despite his fine efforts. He said: "I shouldn't have passed to Lee for his second! I was trying hard but I try hard to score goals in every game. "I'm happy with two. I could maybe have had more and I hit the post but the main thing is that we are all chipping in throughout the team. "It was good to see a lot of goalscorers on the scoresheet and it's good that there are goals throughout the team. "I've played better than that but it's my job to try to assist and score goals and I'm happy I did that." Alloa boss Paul Hartley was baffled by the collapse of his high-flying side and demanded an immediate reaction against East Fife next week. He said: "You could scratch your head looking for answers but the bottom line is we didn't turn up. "It's not about blaming one individual - it was a team performance that went badly wrong. "We need to bounce back. It's about character now. "I didn't go through my players, I was calm, but I'm looking for a reaction and for them to show a bit of character."
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