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Rangers   6 - 1   Motherwell

Kenny Miller and Kris Boyd
Miller's double and Boyd's strike set Rangers on their way to a handsome win

By Andy Campbell

Rangers moved four points clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League with a convincing home win over Motherwell.

Kenny Miller's superb strike gave Rangers the lead early on and Kris Boyd poked in a second on 53 minutes.

Miller beat the offside trap to score before Shaun Hutchinson bulleted home a header for the visitors.

Kyle Lafferty tapped home Rangers' fourth, DaMarcus Beasley scored from close in and Lafferty's neat finish completed the rout.

Celtic can reduce Rangers' lead to one point when they take on Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday.

The match survived a downpour of snow in the run-up to kick-off and Rangers stated their intentions straight from the off, snapping at the heels of the visiting defence and taking the lead in the fifth minute.

Steven Davis teed up Miller 20 yards out and the striker curled an excellent shot home with the aid of the crossbar.

The home side kept up the pressure and Boyd had two efforts cleared off the line in quick succession, with Steven Saunders rescuing Well on both occasions.

Sasa Papac glanced a header wide of Ruddy's goal before the injured Kevin Thomson had to be replaced with Lee McCulloch for the Ibrox side.

Motherwell slowly began to work their way back into the match and Lukas Jutkiewicz's header from Tom Hateley's corner was deflected wide.

Steve Jennings was next to threaten for the visitors, the midfielder's shot picking up a deflection en route to goal before keeper Allan McGregor tipped wide.

Rangers forward Kyle Lafferty
Lafferty scored his first Rangers goals of the season

Rangers came close to a second just before the break when Papac's low shot was blocked by the feet of Motherwell goalkeeper John Ruddy.

Davis was again the provider for Rangers' second, the midfielder sending an inviting cross into the penalty area to meet Boyd's well-timed run and the striker stretched out a foot to nudge the ball beyond Ruddy and into the net.

Madjid Bougherra's long ball was the catalyst for Rangers' third on 58 minutes as Miller beat the offside trap and rounded Ruddy before slipping the ball over the line from a tight angle.

Hutchinson rose unchallenged to head Hateley's inswinging corner into the net and reduce Motherwell's deficit after 67 minutes.

But the comeback was short-lived as Miller and Kirk Broadfoot combined to set up Lafferty to tap home at the back post, the Northern Ireland international having earlier replaced Boyd.

Miller's searching pass in behind Mark Reynolds was intercepted by Beasley, who slotted past Ruddy with 15 minutes left.

Lafferty completed the rout with two minutes left when he latched on to Beasley's lofted pass and clipped the ball past the advancing Ruddy from outside the box.


Rangers manager Walter Smith:
"It was a terrific result for us and a good performance from us overall. We're delighted.

"We started really well, we should've had a few more goals with that start. After that, we settled down and we had to work to hard to get our goals.

"Motherwell had a lot of players back and made it very difficult for us in the early part of the match to break them down.

"Kenny Miller and Kris Boyd are doing exceptionally well in terms of helping the team, linking up and working hard. It's always good that, when they do that and do it as unselfishly as they are, they still get goals at the end of it.

"Young Kyle Lafferty coming on and getting a couple of goals will do him the world of good as well."

Motherwell manager Jim Gannon:
"We didn't expect much from today. We didn't expect to lose 6-1, but we certainly didn't expect to win. I'm not too disappointed, I'm not going to be too hard on the players.

"The lads were a little bit at sea at times, we didn't show the quality on the ball to be able to take the pressure off.

"We played a little bit and gave as good as we got in the second part of the first half, but their quality showed in terms of the way they took their goals and the way they created their goals.

"Tactics don't work without techniques. No matter what shape you have, you've got to have quality. You've got to be able to keep the ball, you've got to move the ball quickly, you've got to have players who can shoot on target and players who can put crosses in.

"I don't think there's an issue about tactics today, I think it's just about quality."

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Saturday, 19 December 2009

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rangers 6-1 Motherwell FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Miller 5
  • Boyd 53
  • Miller 58
  • Lafferty 75
  • Beasley 84
  • Lafferty 88
  • Hutchinson 67

Rangers

  • 01 McGregor
  • 03 Weir
  • 05 Papac
  • 21 Broadfoot
  • 24 Bougherra
  • 07 Davis
  • 08 Thomson (McCulloch 20)
  • 20 Beasley
  • 09 Boyd (Lafferty 70)
  • 10 Novo (Naismith 78)
  • 18 Miller

Substitutes

  • 25 Alexander,
  • 66 Wilson,
  • 06 McCulloch,
  • 14 Naismith,
  • 27 Lafferty,
  • 29 Fleck,
  • 48 Little

Motherwell

  • 21 Ruddy
  • 02 Moutaouakil
  • 03 Hammell (Meechan 65)
  • 04 Reynolds
  • 28 Hutchinson yellow card
  • 43 Saunders
  • 08 Jennings
  • 24 Hateley
  • 09 Jutkiewicz
  • 15 Murphy (Humphrey 84)
  • 35 McHugh (O'Brien 77)

Substitutes

  • 01 Fraser,
  • 05 Craigan,
  • 07 Humphrey,
  • 33 Meechan,
  • 11 Sutton,
  • 17 O'Brien,
  • 27 Forbes
Ref: ThomsonAtt: 44,291
RANGERS
MOTHERWELL

Possession

  • Rangers 55%
  • Motherwell 45%

Attempts on target

  • Rangers 11
  • Motherwell 3

Attempts off target

  • Rangers 10
  • Motherwell 4

Corners

  • Rangers 3
  • Motherwell 5

Fouls

  • Rangers 5
  • Motherwell 6
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+1:43 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+1:14 Steven Naismith fouled by Yassin Moutaouakil, the ref awards a free kick. Sasa Papac takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:38 The assistant referee flags for offside against Kyle Lafferty. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.
  • 90:00+0:30 The ball is swung over by Steven Davis.
  • 89:49 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by DaMarcus Beasley.
  • 87:48 DaMarcus Beasley provided the assist for the goal.
  • 87:48 GOAL - Kyle LaffertyRangers 6 - 1 Motherwell Goal scored by Kyle Lafferty from just outside the area low into the middle of the goal. Rangers 6-1 Motherwell.
  • 85:45 Steven Naismith produces a cross, Shot from deep inside the area by Kenny Miller goes over the bar.
  • 85:23 Effort from deep inside the area by Chris Humphrey misses to the right of the goal.
  • 83:35 Assist on the goal came from Kenny Miller.
  • 83:35 GOAL - DaMarcus BeasleyRangers 5 - 1 Motherwell DaMarcus Beasley gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rangers 5-1 Motherwell.
  • 83:15 Substitution Jamie Murphy goes off and Chris Humphrey comes on.
  • 82:49 Effort on goal by Jamie Murphy from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 82:13 The ball is crossed by Steven Davis, clearance by Mark Reynolds.
  • 81:44 The ball is swung over by Madjid Bougherra, Shaun Hutchinson manages to make a clearance.
  • 79:32 The ball is delivered by Kyle Lafferty, blocked by Mark Reynolds.
  • Correction - 78:31 Lukas Jutkiewicz has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 78:31 Lukas Jutkiewicz produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
  • 77:36 Substitution (Rangers) makes a substitution, with Steven Naismith coming on for Nacho Novo.
  • 76:40 A cross is delivered by Kirk Broadfoot, clearance by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • 76:09 Substitution Robert McHugh goes off and Jim O'Brien comes on.
  • 74:18 Assist by Kirk Broadfoot.
  • 74:18 GOAL - Kyle LaffertyRangers 4 - 1 Motherwell Kyle Lafferty finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rangers 4-1 Motherwell.
  • 72:48 Corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line, Allan McGregor makes a save.
  • 72:41 The ball is crossed by Robert McHugh, Sasa Papac gets a block in.
  • 69:54 Substitution Kyle Lafferty on for Kris Boyd.
  • 69:16 Yassin Moutaouakil delivers the ball, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
  • 68:55 Unfair challenge on Tom Hateley by Kirk Broadfoot results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • 68:00 Nacho Novo produces a cross. Steven Davis is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by John Ruddy.
  • 67:28 The referee penalises Nacho Novo for handball. John Ruddy takes the free kick.
  • 66:31 Tom Hateley provided the assist for the goal.
  • 66:31 GOAL - Shaun HutchinsonRangers 3 - 1 Motherwell Shaun Hutchinson scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Rangers 3-1 Motherwell.
  • 66:15 Corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the left by-line,
  • 66:08 The ball is swung over by Jamie Murphy, clearance by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 65:25 Effort from the edge of the box by Sasa Papac goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 64:08 Substitution Steven Meechan is brought on as a substitute for Stevie Hammell.
  • 62:42 David Weir fouled by Lukas Jutkiewicz, the ref awards a free kick. David Weir takes the direct free kick.
  • 62:28 The ball is swung over by Yassin Moutaouakil.
  • 61:48 Kenny Miller is caught offside. Mark Reynolds takes the free kick.
  • 61:35 Yassin Moutaouakil delivers the ball, Lee McCulloch manages to make a clearance.
  • 60:51 The ball is delivered by Stevie Hammell, save made by Allan McGregor.
  • 59:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert McHugh by Madjid Bougherra. Mark Reynolds restarts play with the free kick.
  • 57:06 Madjid Bougherra provided the assist for the goal.
  • 57:06 GOAL - Kenny MillerRangers 3 - 0 Motherwell A goal is scored by Kenny Miller from close range low into the middle of the goal. Rangers 3-0 Motherwell.
  • 56:12 Foul by Madjid Bougherra on Stevie Hammell, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Tom Hateley, save made by Allan McGregor.
  • 55:10 Effort from the edge of the area by DaMarcus Beasley goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 52:11 Assist by Steven Davis.
  • 52:11 GOAL - Kris BoydRangers 2 - 0 Motherwell Kris Boyd gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Rangers 2-0 Motherwell.
  • 51:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Hutchinson by Sasa Papac. John Ruddy takes the free kick.
  • 51:11 Kenny Miller produces a cross, Mark Reynolds makes a clearance.
  • 50:44 Centre by Kirk Broadfoot, save by John Ruddy.
  • 49:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sasa Papac by Yassin Moutaouakil. Nacho Novo crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by John Ruddy.
  • 48:50 The ball is sent over by Kirk Broadfoot, save made by John Ruddy.
  • 48:30 A cross is delivered by Madjid Bougherra, Shaun Hutchinson manages to make a clearance.
  • 47:45 A cross is delivered by Kirk Broadfoot.
  • 45:44 DaMarcus Beasley delivers the ball, clearance made by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:30 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 45:00+0:52 Sasa Papac takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a save. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Nacho Novo, save made by John Ruddy.
  • 41:51 Effort on goal by David Weir from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 41:14 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by DaMarcus Beasley from the right by-line.
  • 40:09 The ball is sent over by Tom Hateley, blocked by Lee McCulloch.
  • 34:55 Steven Davis produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 34:55 Booking Shaun Hutchinson is booked.
  • 34:34 Kris Boyd fouled by Shaun Hutchinson, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 34:01 The ball is sent over by Yassin Moutaouakil, blocked by Steven Davis.
  • 33:39 The ball is delivered by Kenny Miller, Steve Jennings gets a block in.
  • 33:15 DaMarcus Beasley fouled by Stevie Hammell, the ref awards a free kick. DaMarcus Beasley restarts play with the free kick.
  • 31:48 Inswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the left by-line, Lee McCulloch makes a clearance.
  • 31:30 Steve Jennings takes a shot. Blocked by Kirk Broadfoot.
  • 31:11 Tom Hateley takes a shot. Blocked by Sasa Papac.
  • 29:39 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the left by-line to the near post, Lee McCulloch makes a clearance.
  • 29:00 Tom Hateley takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot. Kirk Broadfoot gets a block in.
  • 28:52 Robert McHugh sends in a cross, clearance by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 28:24 Centre by David Weir, Steven Saunders makes a clearance.
  • 27:28 The ball is crossed by Steven Davis, Steven Saunders makes a clearance.
  • 25:56 Kenny Miller produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 25:31 The ball is crossed by DaMarcus Beasley.
  • 24:25 Lukas Jutkiewicz fouled by Kirk Broadfoot, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stevie Hammell.
  • 23:28 The ball is swung over by Lukas Jutkiewicz, Allan McGregor makes a save.
  • 22:25 Jamie Murphy produces a cross.
  • 21:28 A cross is delivered by DaMarcus Beasley, clearance by Yassin Moutaouakil.
  • 19:29 Substitution Lee McCulloch replaces Kevin Thomson.
  • 18:01 The ball is swung over by Kirk Broadfoot.
  • 17:30 Kris Boyd takes a shot. Tom Hateley gets a block in.
  • 16:23 DaMarcus Beasley takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a save.
  • 14:52 The referee gives a free kick against Tom Hateley for handball. Madjid Bougherra takes the free kick.
  • 13:52 Kenny Miller sends in a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Sasa Papac misses to the right of the target.
  • 11:16 Kris Boyd takes a shot. Blocked by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • 8:52 Effort from outside the penalty box by Kirk Broadfoot goes wide right of the target.
  • 7:48 Kris Boyd takes a shot. Blocked by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • 7:23 Kris Boyd takes a shot. Shaun Hutchinson gets a block in.
  • 4:41 Assist on the goal came from Steven Davis.
  • 4:41 GOAL - Kenny MillerRangers 1 - 0 Motherwell Kenny Miller fires in a goal from just outside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Rangers 1-0 Motherwell.
  • 3:51 Yassin Moutaouakil crosses the ball, blocked by Sasa Papac.
  • 3:00 Long range shot by Kevin Thomson goes wide right of the net.
  • 2:49 The ball is crossed by Madjid Bougherra, Mark Reynolds gets a block in.
  • 2:11 A cross is delivered by DaMarcus Beasley, Shaun Hutchinson manages to make a clearance.
  • 1:25 Shaun Hutchinson challenges Kenny Miller unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Kevin Thomson, clearance made by Jamie Murphy.
  • Correction - 0:30 The ball is swung over by Kirk Broadfoot.
  • 0:30 Kirk Broadfoot delivers the ball.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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