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Rangers 6 vs. 1 Motherwell

Written by Bazza

Saturday, 19th December 2009

Rangers 6 : 1 Motherwell

Walter has stumbled upon a winning formula of late so it was no surprise to see very little in the way of tinkering with the team sheet today. Thomson came back in for McCulloch and McGregor for Alexander, both of which were straight and expected changes.

The fast starts of the last few games continued as well as a flow of blue went towards the Motherwell goal and it was Miller, in the 5th minute, who fired home a screamer to capitalise on the pressure. The feel good factor of the first period disappeared in the twentieth minute though as Kevin Thomson went down clutching at the knee that has caused him so much bother over the last year. From there, Motherwell started to get into the game a bit more with some possession but it was still Rangers who looked the most dangerous.

The second half began with Rangers a bit on the edgy side looking for the killer goal to put this game to bed. It didn’t take overly long to come with a swift counter attack that saw Davis slide a perfect ball across the goal for Boyd to slot home. The third goal came for the double machine that is Kenny Miller and the game was well and truly buried.

Motherwell got a consolation goal to appease their travelling support but that’s all it was as Lafferty was soon to compound their misery with a forth goal for the Gers in the 75th minute. The game seemed to be petering out towards the final whistle before Miller got involved once more to thread a perfect ball through for Beasley to utilise his pace in behind the Motherwell defence to fire home number five and even then the bears weren’t finished and Lafferty got a massive confidence boost by latching onto a Beasley through ball to score number six.

A great afternoon for the Bears with going four points clear and increasing our goal difference by five goals. Merry Christmas Bears and Bearettes.

RM’s verdict:

McGregor – 6 Hardly had a touch all day and still saw a header fly past him from nearly point blank range.

Broadfoot– 7 Secured the Right back slot with another solid display. Supported Beasley well going forward and laid a goal on a plate for Lafferty.

Bougherra - 7 Calm and composed throughout. Pretty much breezed through the game. The goal from the corner being very much against the run of play.

Weir – 7 Has more than enough experience and fitness to cruise by at this level. No clean sheet to go with a fairly easy afternoon.

Papac – 7 Got forward to great effect today and could easily have grabbed a couple of goals himself.

Novo – 6 Not as effective as he has been in the last few games. Still caused problems and worked hard.

Davis– 8 The midfield maestro. Conducted the rest of the team with most of the good play flowing through him. Great ball across goal for Boyd’s goal.

Thomson – 5 Looked in decent touch before tragically having to go off with a recurrence of his knee injury.

Beasley – 8 Another good afternoon’s work for the American. A well taken goal by the man determined to make the World Cup

Miller – 9 On superb form just now and scored two cracking goals. Beautiful pass through the defence for Beasley’s goal too.

Boyd – 7 Chipped in with his trademark goal as he keeps his good run going too.

Subs –

McCulloch - 6 On for Thomson and slotted in perfectly to a role that he’s becoming well accustomed.

Lafferty - 7 A great confidence boost to get another run out and two goals.

Naismith - 4 Is going to find it hard to force himself back into this winning team.

Rangers: McGregor, Weir, Papac, Broadfoot, Bougherra, Davis, Thomson (McCulloch 20), Beasley, Boyd, Novo, Miller.

Subs: Alexander, Wilson, McCulloch, Naismith, Lafferty, Fleck, Little.

Goals: Miller 5, 58 Boyd 53, Lafferty 75, 88, Beasley 84

Booked:

Motherwell: Ruddy, Moutaouakil, Hammell, Reynolds, Hutchinson, Saunders, Jennings, Hately, Jutkiewicz, Murphy, McHugh.

Subs: Fraser, Craigan, Humphrey, Meechan, Sutton, O’Brien, Forbes

Goals: Hutchinson 67

Booked: Hutchinson

Att: 44,291

Ref: Thomson

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Good report but a little disingenuous with respect to Walter 'stumbling upon a winning formula...'

in a way it is an accurate statment, Walter tried everyone on the wing before Beasley, Walter has taken a long time to come round to playing with proper width and pace, injuries to Edu, Thommo and Mendes forced his hand to change the personel and formation. It is good to watch and providing chances for the strikers.

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