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Highlights - Motherwell 0-3 Rangers

Highlights - Motherwell 0-3 Rangers

Rangers ended Motherwell's unbeaten start to the Scottish Premier League season with victory at Fir Park.

Steven Naismith's head appeared to get the final touch as Rangers took the lead from a corner and Kyle Lafferty fired a second on half-time.

Motherwell's Chris Humphrey and Rangers' Steven Davis and Naismith all hit the bar after the break.

Gregg Wylde completed the scoring with his first senior goal five minutes from the end.

The Ibrox side's third straight league win will boost confidence ahead of Thursday's Europa League play-off second leg against Maribor at Ibrox, with the Slovenians currently leading 2-1 in the tie.

With youngsters Jordan McMillan and Ross Perry drafted into the Rangers defence in place of Kirk Broadfoot and Carlos Bocanegra, Motherwell were looking to take advantage of any uncertainty and an early Tom Hateley corner was punched away by goalkeeper Allan McGregor under pressure from Jamie Murphy.

Ross Perry and Nicky Law Perry (left) gave an assured performance in the Rangers defence

Rangers responded with Nikica Jelavic heading off target twice from set pieces.

Both goalkeepers were called into action within a matter of seconds as McGregor beat out Murphy's shot and then Lafferty's effort brought out the best in Motherwell's Darren Randolph.

The aerial prowess of Jelavic was instrumental in Rangers' opener, even if the striker may not be able to claim the goal as his own.

The Croatian attacked Davis's corner and the ball nicked off the head of Naismith as it crashed into the net.

Nicky Law's powerful shot from the left-hand corner of the box stung the palms of McGregor before Jelavic headed a dangerous Wylde corner over at the other end.

Murphy thought he had levelled when he tucked away at the end of a rehearsed corner routine but referee Craig Thomson penalised the striker for using his arm to control the ball, albeit probably unintentionally.

Juanma Ortiz carved open the Motherwell defence to set up Lafferty on the right-hand side of the area and, as the angle began to narrow, the forward confidently smacked the ball home off the post for Rangers' second.

Lafferty tested Randolph and Naismith flashed a shot beyond the far post as Rangers looked to extend their advantage in the early stages of the second half.

Humphrey lifted a cross onto the Rangers crossbar and the visitors were also denied by the goal frame when Davis's rasping drive and then Naismith's dipping header struck Randolph's bar.

But Rangers did get a third late on as Davis's long ball sent Wylde racing down the inside left channel and the winger kept his cool to place the ball beyond Randolph.

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Sunday, 21 August 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Motherwell 0-3 Rangers FT
(HT 0-2)
    • Naismith 20
    • Lafferty 45+1
    • Wylde 85

    Motherwell

    • 01 Randolph
    • 03 Hammell
    • 05 Craigan
    • 06 Hateley
    • 15 Hutchinson yellow card
    • 04 Law
    • 07 Humphrey
    • 08 Jennings
    • 14 Lasley
    • 09 Higdon
    • 11 Murphy

    Substitutes

    • 12 Hollis,
    • 20 Page,
    • 23 Halsman,
    • 26 Carswell,
    • 16 McHugh,
    • 18 Forbes,
    • 25 Lawleff

    Rangers

    • 01 McGregor
    • 02 Goian
    • 12 Wallace
    • 23 McMillan yellow card
    • 32 Perry
    • 08 Davis
    • 14 Naismith
    • 17 Ortiz
    • 27 Wylde (Kerkar 85)
    • 09 Jelavic (Healy 88)
    • 11 Lafferty yellow card (Fleck 75)

    Substitutes

    • 25 Alexander,
    • 33 Bendiksen,
    • 10 Fleck,
    • 15 Healy,
    • 28 Kerkar,
    • 34 Little,
    • 35 Hutton
    Ref: Craig ThomsonAtt: 10,092
    MOTHERWELL
    RANGERS

    Possession

    • Motherwell 45%
    • Rangers 55%

    Attempts on target

    • Motherwell 5
    • Rangers 9

    Attempts off target

    • Motherwell 0
    • Rangers 7

    Corners

    • Motherwell 10
    • Rangers 6

    Fouls

    • Motherwell 8
    • Rangers 11
    • 89:38 The ball is swung over by Lee Wallace, Darren Randolph makes a save.
    • 88:24 Effort from inside the area by David Healy misses to the left of the target.
    • 87:11 Steven Davis takes the free kick.
    • 87:11 Substitution David Healy is brought on as a substitute for Nikica Jelavic.
    • 87:11 Steven Davis fouled by Keith Lasley, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 86:14 Shot by John Fleck. Keith Lasley gets a block in.
    • 84:57 Substitution Salim Kerkar joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gregg Wylde.
    • 84:13 Assist on the goal came from Steven Davis.
    • 84:13 GOAL - Gregg WyldeMotherwell 0 - 3 Rangers Gregg Wylde scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Motherwell 0-3 Rangers.
    • 80:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dorin Goian by Chris Humphrey. Lee Wallace restarts play with the free kick.
    • 79:32 Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley, save made by Allan McGregor.
    • 78:57 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the right by-line to the near post, save by Allan McGregor.
    • 77:42 Jamie Murphy is ruled offside. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
    • 76:35 Foul by Palazon Juanma Ortiz on Steve Jennings, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
    • 74:42 Substitution John Fleck is brought on as a substitute for Kyle Lafferty.
    • 73:42 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the right by-line to the near post, save by Jordan McMillan.
    • 73:21 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the left by-line, Allan McGregor makes a save.
    • 72:31 Tom Hateley produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Lee Wallace gets a block in.
    • 72:31 Booking Kyle Lafferty is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 72:10 Unfair challenge on Stevie Hammell by Kyle Lafferty results in a free kick.
    • 71:06 Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Steven Naismith goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 66:45 Corner taken by Tom Hateley, Jamie Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Allan McGregor. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
    • 66:27 Tom Hateley takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Jordan McMillan.
    • 66:06 Michael Higdon takes a shot from 18 yards. Jordan McMillan gets a block in.
    • 64:03 Shot from just outside the area by Palazon Juanma Ortiz goes over the bar.
    • 62:23 Centre by Chris Humphrey.
    • 61:40 Jamie Murphy is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
    • 60:11 Effort on goal by Steven Naismith from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 58:30 Corner from the right by-line taken by Steven Davis, clearance by Tom Hateley.
    • Final Result
    • 58:11 Gregg Wylde takes a shot. Steve Jennings gets a block in.
    • Full Time
    • 58:07 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 56:34 The official flags Michael Higdon offside. Steven Davis takes the free kick.
    • 56:09 Shot from 12 yards by Kyle Lafferty. Save by Darren Randolph.
    • 52:32 Michael Higdon is caught offside. Jordan McMillan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 50:52 Jordan McMillan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy. Free kick crossed by Tom Hateley.
    • 49:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle Lafferty by Stephen Craigan. Steven Davis takes the free kick.
    • 48:58 Shot from 12 yards from Gregg Wylde.
    • 46:11 Michael Higdon challenges Kyle Lafferty unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Wallace restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:03 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 45:00+0:07 Assist by Palazon Juanma Ortiz.
    • 45:00+0:07 GOAL - Kyle LaffertyMotherwell 0 - 2 Rangers Kyle Lafferty scores a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Motherwell 0-2 Rangers.
    • 43:47 Corner taken by Tom Hateley.
    • 43:01 Stevie Hammell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 43:01 Booking Jordan McMillan shown a yellow card.
    • 42:36 Foul by Jordan McMillan on Jamie Murphy, free kick awarded.
    • 42:04 Gregg Wylde takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Tom Hateley.
    • 41:34 Direct free kick taken by Palazon Juanma Ortiz.
    • 41:34 Booking Shaun Hutchinson is given a yellow card.
    • 41:13 Shaun Hutchinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Lafferty.
    • 40:24 Unfair challenge on Tom Hateley by Dorin Goian results in a free kick. Tom Hateley restarts play with the free kick.
    • 37:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Law by Palazon Juanma Ortiz. Free kick taken by Darren Randolph.
    • 37:42 The referee gives a free kick against Jamie Murphy for handball. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
    • 36:39 Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley.
    • 35:06 Corner from the left by-line taken by Kyle Lafferty, clearance by Tom Hateley.
    • 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. Tom Hateley restarts play with the free kick.
    • 32:47 Shot by Nicky Law. Save by Allan McGregor.
    • 31:44 Keith Lasley takes a shot. Dorin Goian gets a block in.
    • 29:55 Corner taken by Tom Hateley.
    • 28:35 Nicky Law fouled by Lee Wallace, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Stevie Hammell, clearance by Jordan McMillan.
    • 22:21 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis, Michael Higdon manages to make a clearance.
    • Correction - 19:32 Steven Davis provided the assist for the goal.
    • Correction - 19:32 GOAL - Steven NaismithMotherwell 0 - 1 Rangers Steven Naismith grabs a headed goal from close in. Motherwell 0-1 Rangers.
    • 19:32 The assist for the goal came from Steven Davis.
    • 19:32 GOAL - Nikica JelavicMotherwell 0 - 1 Rangers Nikica Jelavic scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Motherwell 0-1 Rangers.
    • Correction - 19:12 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis,
    • 19:12 Corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis from the right by-line,
    • 19:00 Steven Naismith takes a shot. Save made by Darren Randolph.
    • 17:32 Kyle Lafferty challenges Stephen Craigan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.
    • 16:43 The referee blows for offside. Allan McGregor takes the indirect free kick.
    • 15:58 Unfair challenge on Stephen Craigan by Kyle Lafferty results in a free kick. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.
    • 13:22 Foul by Michael Higdon on Ross Perry, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
    • 10:33 Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
    • 10:13 Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
    • 8:29 Corner from the right by-line taken by Gregg Wylde, Header by Nikica Jelavic from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
    • 7:04 Michael Higdon fouled by Ross Perry, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Craigan takes the free kick.
    • 5:02 The referee blows for offside against Michael Higdon. Dorin Goian restarts play with the free kick.
    • 1:18 Kyle Lafferty fouled by Shaun Hutchinson, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Davis crosses the ball, Header from deep inside the area by Nikica Jelavic goes over the bar.
    • 0:13 Inswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line, save by Allan McGregor.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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    21 Aug 2011 23:59 UK

    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 21 Aug 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Rangers 4 7 10
    2 Motherwell 5 2 10
    3 Celtic 4 6 9
    4 Dunfermline 4 2 8
    5 St Mirren 5 1 8
    6 Kilmarnock 4 3 6
    7 Hearts 5 1 5
    8 Dundee Utd 5 -4 5
    9 St Johnstone 4 -2 4
    10 Aberdeen 5 -4 4
    11 Hibernian 4 -5 3
    12 Inverness CT 5 -7 1

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