Smith pleased with Gers' control

26 January 2011 11:04
Rangers manager Walter Smith was satisfied with the way his side closed out their victory at Hibernian.First-half goals from Madjid Bougherra and Nikica Jelavic put the visitors in a strong position and they held on for a comfortable 2-0 win. [LNB]"Hibs are struggling just now and we knew they would be lively and come at us," Smith told BBC Radio Scotland. [LNB]"I felt we played very well in the first half, maybe not as well as we did at Hearts the other day." [LNB]Smith was referring to the 1-0 defeat at Tynecastle at the weekend, a match Rangers dominated for long spells.[LNB] [LNB][LNB] The Scottish Premier League champions recovered from that setback with some help from Hibs, who were guilty of poor defending at both goals. [LNB]The win at Easter Road keeps Rangers five points behind leaders Celtic, with two games in hand, after their Glasgow rivals hammered Hearts 4-0. [LNB]Hearts now trail the Ibrox outfit by five points, having played a game more, but Smith insists the men in maroon are still in the title hunt. [LNB]"You've got to say they are still in the championship race," said Smith, when asked about the challenge of Jim Jefferies' team. [LNB]"Hearts have had an excellent run, but now they have got to show they can bounce back. [LNB]"We had to do that tonight and we did it very well. [LNB]"To find the consistency to win a championship is a difficult task. [LNB]"For every team Rangers and Celtic play against it's a big game and you need to learn to handle that situation. [LNB]"Hibs, despite their position at the moment, showed a good spirit and determination and kept going the whole game. [LNB]"Overall, it was a good performance from us and we had a few opportunities in that first half to extend our 2-0 lead. [LNB]"And we managed to control the game after a 10 minute period in the second half when Hibs came at us and put us under pressure, while we didn't look like adding to our tally."

Source: BBC_Sport