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Rangers   4 - 1   Motherwell

Rangers midfielder Steven Davis scores his team's second
Rangers midfielder Steven Davis scores his team's second at Ibrox

Four goals in 20 second-half minutes maintained Rangers' 100% Scottish Premier League record this season and consigned lively Motherwell to defeat.

Well's Nick Blackman powered a header past Neil Alexander before half-time.

But the Steelmen, who had not conceded a goal away from home in the league, were stunned by the response as Steven Naismith slotted home in 47 minutes.

A Steven Davis shot flew into the net, before a Kenny Miller header and a cool Vladimir Weiss finish made it four.

With Nikica Jelavic out injured for the next few months, Rangers manager Walter Smith included Kyle Lafferty after his appearance as a substitute at Tynecastle in Rangers' last outing helped to turn the match in the light blues' favour.

With a 100% record in away games this season, Motherwell boss Craig Brown insisted his side would take to the Ibrox pitch with no trace of an inferiority complex.

And so it proved, as Tom Hateley, Stephen Craigan, Mark Reynolds and Stephen Hammell guarded Darren Randolph's goal with a combination of skill, organisation and bravery.

Rangers forward Naismith tried his luck from long range but his shot was showing no sign of troubling Randolph's goal until a nasty deflection diverted it just wide of the upright.

Lafferty blazed over from distance then Weiss wriggled away from three Motherwell defenders only to see his shot on the turn fly wide.

Neil Alexander has performed well for Rangers whenever he has deputised for Allan McGregor, the latter rumoured to be a January signing target for Manchester United, but the former Cardiff and Ipswich goalie did not deal well with a headed effort from a Chris Humphrey corner and was pleased to see Keith Lasley's follow-up shot blocked.

With Motherwell defending stoutly and Rangers too ponderous in their build-up play, increasingly it looked like Well could snatch the opener.

Lasley had the best effort in the first half hour, firing wide from Blackman's long throw-in, and Blackman himself was keen to shoot, albeit wide of target, whenever the chance arose.

The first save of note came when Rangers' full-back Steven Whittaker cut inside from the right and thumped a left-foot shot which Randolph parried.

The rebound fell to the Scotland full-back but, instead of squaring for the waiting Kenny Miller, he headed over the bar.

A minute before the interval, Motherwell stunned the home fans when Jamie Murphy crossed from the left and Blackman powered a header in off the underside of the bar for his fourth goal of the season.

Rangers trudged up the tunnel knowing they would have to replicate their performances against Aberdeen, Hearts and St Johnstone to come from behind to claim the three points.

This they did, and in some style.

Having defended so well in the first period, Motherwell were caught out in the first action of the second.

Naismith, a scorer for Scotland against Spain in midweek, took advantage of a quick break, collecting a ball from Lafferty to knock the ball past Randolph with the outside of his boot.

With that boost, Davis burst forward from midfield and thumped a shot from 18 yards into the top corner of helpless Randolph's net to turn the match around in 62 minutes.

Three minutes later Miller scored his 11th goal of the season, bulleting a header home from international team-mate Naismith's cross.

Rangers' third in five minutes arrived when Weiss played a one-two with Kyle Lafferty, rounded Randolph and slotted home with his left foot to make it 4-1.

Smith removed Kenny Miller from the play, no doubt with one eye on the Champions League match against Valencia in midweek. Rory Loy took his place up front.

Motherwell emerged from their shell just once after the goal blitz. With about 10 minutes to play Scotland Under-21 star Murphy worked his way clear to shoot and his effort on target was well saved by Alexander.

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Saturday, 16 October 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rangers 4-1 Motherwell FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Naismith 47
  • Davis 62
  • Miller 65
  • Weiss 67
  • Blackman 44

Rangers

  • 25 Alexander
  • 03 Weir
  • 05 Papac
  • 16 Whittaker
  • 24 Bougherra yellow card
  • 07 Edu yellow card (Hutton 87)
  • 08 Davis
  • 20 Weiss (Wylde 78)
  • 09 Miller (Loy 73)
  • 11 Lafferty
  • 14 Naismith

Substitutes

  • 31 Adam,
  • 12 Foster,
  • 22 Webster,
  • 39 Wylde,
  • 29 Little,
  • 34 Loy,
  • 41 Hutton

Motherwell

  • 01 Randolph
  • 03 Hammell (Page 80)
  • 04 Reynolds
  • 05 Craigan
  • 06 Hateley
  • 07 Humphrey
  • 08 Jennings
  • 14 Lasley yellow card
  • 09 Murphy
  • 11 Sutton (Gow 69)
  • 22 Blackman (Forbes 69)

Substitutes

  • 12 Hollis,
  • 19 Hutchinson,
  • 20 Page,
  • 21 Angelis Charalambous,
  • 16 McHugh,
  • 18 Forbes,
  • 24 Gow
Ref: FinnieAtt: 44,609
RANGERS
MOTHERWELL

Possession

  • Rangers 48%
  • Motherwell 52%

Attempts on target

  • Rangers 8
  • Motherwell 4

Attempts off target

  • Rangers 9
  • Motherwell 7

Corners

  • Rangers 5
  • Motherwell 3

Fouls

  • Rangers 4
  • Motherwell 8
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:28 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+2:23 Foul by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers) on Alan Gow (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Tom Hateley (Motherwell) from left channel (18 yards), over the bar.
  • 90:00+2:23 Booking Madjid Bougherra (Rangers) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 89:21 Goal kick taken long by Neil Alexander (Rangers).
  • 88:22 Foul by Steven Naismith (Rangers) on Steve Jennings (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Ross Forbes (Motherwell) from right channel (12 yards), hit wall.
  • 87:21 Foul by Rory Loy (Rangers) on Ross Forbes (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Steve Jennings (Motherwell) from own half, passed.
  • 86:50 Foul by Steve Jennings (Motherwell) on Steven Naismith (Rangers). Free kick taken right-footed by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers) from own half, passed.
  • 86:17 Substitution Rangers substitution: Maurice Edu replaced by Kyle Hutton (tactical).
  • 84:20 Shot by Gregg Wylde (Rangers) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Mark Reynolds (Motherwell).
  • 83:04 Attacking throw-in by Chris Humphrey (Motherwell).
  • 81:10 Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
  • 80:45 Foul by Steve Jennings (Motherwell) on Steven Davis (Rangers). Free kick taken right-footed by Sasa Papac (Rangers) from own half, passed.
  • 79:37 Substitution Motherwell substitution: Stevie Hammell replaced by Jonathan Page (injury).
  • 79:00 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Ross Forbes (Motherwell) to centre, clearance by Steven Whittaker (Rangers).
  • 78:43 Shot by Jamie Murphy (Motherwell) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), fantastic save (parried) by Neil Alexander (Rangers).
  • 77:14 Substitution Rangers substitution: Vladimir Weiss replaced by Gregg Wylde (tactical).
  • 76:49 Shot by Keith Lasley (Motherwell) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Neil Alexander (Rangers).
  • 74:14 Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
  • 73:53 Defending throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 72:01 Chris Humphrey (Motherwell) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Sasa Papac (Rangers) from own half, passed.
  • 72:01 Substitution Rangers substitution: Kenny Miller replaced by Rory Loy (tactical).
  • 70:46 Cross by Tom Hateley (Motherwell), fantastic save (caught) by Neil Alexander (Rangers).
  • 68:45 Substitution Motherwell substitution: Nick Blackman replaced by Ross Forbes (tactical).
  • 68:35 Substitution Motherwell substitution: John Sutton replaced by Alan Gow (tactical).
  • 66:26 Assist (pass) by Kyle Lafferty (Rangers) from left channel.
  • 66:26 GOAL - Vladimir WeissRangers 4 - 1 Motherwell Goal by Vladimir Weiss (Rangers) right-footed (top-right of goal) from right channel (20 yards).Rangers 4-1 Motherwell.
  • Correction - 64:22 Assist by Steven Naismith.
  • 64:22 Assist (pass) by Steven Naismith (Rangers) from right channel.
  • 64:22 GOAL - Kenny MillerRangers 3 - 1 Motherwell Headed goal by Kenny Miller (Rangers) (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).Rangers 3-1 Motherwell.
  • 63:50 Goal kick taken long by Neil Alexander (Rangers).
  • 61:51 Assist (pass) by Steven Naismith (Rangers) from right channel.
  • 61:51 GOAL - Steven DavisRangers 2 - 1 Motherwell Goal by Steven Davis (Rangers) right-footed (top-left of goal) from right channel (20 yards).Rangers 2-1 Motherwell.
  • 61:43 Goal kick taken long by Neil Alexander (Rangers).
  • 60:18 Goal kick taken long by Neil Alexander (Rangers).
  • 60:07 Shot by Steve Jennings (Motherwell) drilled left-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed right.
  • 58:39 Booking Maurice Edu (Rangers) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 55:37 Booking Keith Lasley (Motherwell) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 54:47 Shot by Steven Whittaker (Rangers) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
  • 53:57 Attacking throw-in by Steven Whittaker (Rangers).
  • 53:13 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
  • 52:36 Attacking throw-in by Steven Whittaker (Rangers).
  • 50:53 Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell) on Steven Naismith (Rangers). Free kick crossed right-footed by Vladimir Weiss (Rangers) from right wing, clearance by Mark Reynolds (Motherwell).
  • 46:35 Assist (pass) by Steven Davis (Rangers) from right channel.
  • 46:35 GOAL - Steven NaismithRangers 1 - 1 Motherwell Goal by Steven Naismith (Rangers) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from right side of penalty area (6 yards).Rangers 1-1 Motherwell.
  • 46:19 Cross by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers), resulting in open play.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • 45:00+6:17 It is the end of the first-half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:53 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Steven Davis (Rangers) to centre, clearance by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
  • 45:00+3:27 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Steven Davis (Rangers) to far post, resulting in open play.
  • 45:00+2:31 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
  • 45:00+2:20 Header by Kyle Lafferty (Rangers) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), over the bar.
  • 43:07 Assist (cross) by Jamie Murphy (Motherwell) from left channel.
  • 43:07 GOAL - Nick BlackmanRangers 0 - 1 Motherwell Headed goal by Nick Blackman (Motherwell) (low centre of goal) from right side of penalty area (6 yards).Rangers 0-1 Motherwell.
  • 42:00 Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
  • 41:23 Sasa Papac (Rangers) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Randolph (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 39:20 Header by Steve Jennings (Motherwell) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers).
  • 38:39 Attacking throw-in by Nick Blackman (Motherwell).
  • 38:27 Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
  • 35:22 Cross by Chris Humphrey (Motherwell), fantastic save (caught) by Neil Alexander (Rangers).
  • 34:20 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
  • 34:06 Shot by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar.
  • 33:38 Attacking throw-in by Sasa Papac (Rangers).
  • 30:51 Shot by Steven Whittaker (Rangers) left-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), save (parried) by Darren Randolph (Motherwell). Header by Steven Whittaker (Rangers) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), foul by Nick Blackman (Motherwell) on Madjid Bougherra (Rangers). Free kick taken right-footed by David Weir (Rangers) from own half, passed. Blocked by Mark Reynolds (Motherwell).
  • 29:37 Defending throw-in by Sasa Papac (Rangers).
  • 29:25 Defending throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
  • 28:20 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
  • 28:13 Cross by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers), resulting in ball out of play.
  • 27:55 Shot by Kenny Miller (Rangers) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Mark Reynolds (Motherwell).
  • 27:14 Shot by Kyle Lafferty (Rangers) left-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 25:32 Defending throw-in by Steven Whittaker (Rangers).
  • 25:15 Goal kick taken long by Neil Alexander (Rangers).
  • 25:01 Shot by Nick Blackman (Motherwell) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed right.
  • 24:16 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
  • 23:59 Shot by Steven Whittaker (Rangers) left-footed from right channel (18 yards), missed right.
  • 23:22 Goal kick taken long by Neil Alexander (Rangers).
  • 23:10 Shot by Nick Blackman (Motherwell) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), over the bar.
  • 21:14 Foul by Nick Blackman (Motherwell) on Kenny Miller (Rangers). Free kick taken right-footed by Steven Davis (Rangers) from left channel, passed.
  • 19:21 Goal kick taken long by Neil Alexander (Rangers).
  • 19:06 Shot by Keith Lasley (Motherwell) left-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.
  • 18:40 Attacking throw-in by Nick Blackman (Motherwell).
  • 17:54 Foul by Steven Whittaker (Rangers) on Steve Jennings (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Darren Randolph (Motherwell) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 17:11 Defending throw-in by Stephen Craigan (Motherwell).
  • 17:01 Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
  • 16:41 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Mark Reynolds (Motherwell) to centre, clearance by Kenny Miller (Rangers).
  • 16:27 Shot by Keith Lasley (Motherwell) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers).
  • 16:10 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Chris Humphrey (Motherwell) to far post, resulting in open play.
  • 15:36 Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 15:15 Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 14:45 Shot by Vladimir Weiss (Rangers) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), over the bar.
  • 14:10 Defending throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 13:56 Defending throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 13:32 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
  • 13:12 Shot by Steven Naismith (Rangers) right-footed from right wing (20 yards), over the bar.
  • 12:50 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
  • 12:24 Shot by Kyle Lafferty (Rangers) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), over the bar.
  • 11:04 Attacking throw-in by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers).
  • 9:23 Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell) on Vladimir Weiss (Rangers). Free kick taken left-footed by Steven Davis (Rangers) from left channel, passed.
  • 8:54 Attacking throw-in by Steven Whittaker (Rangers).
  • 8:27 Goal kick taken long by Darren Randolph (Motherwell).
  • 8:08 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Vladimir Weiss (Rangers) to centre, resulting in open play.
  • 7:47 Shot by Steven Naismith (Rangers) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).
  • 7:12 Foul by Mark Reynolds (Motherwell) on Kyle Lafferty (Rangers). Free kick crossed right-footed by Vladimir Weiss (Rangers) from right wing, clearance by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
  • 6:07 Goal kick taken long by Neil Alexander (Rangers).
  • 5:35 Attacking throw-in by Tom Hateley (Motherwell).
  • 4:22 Defending throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 4:16 Attacking throw-in by Steven Whittaker (Rangers).
  • 4:04 Cross by Steven Whittaker (Rangers), clearance by Stephen Craigan (Motherwell).
  • Correction - 3:39 Handball decision goes against John Sutton. Madjid Bougherra restarts play with the free kick.
  • 3:39 Handball by John Sutton (Motherwell). Free kick taken right-footed by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers) from own half, passed.
  • 2:13 Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell) on Madjid Bougherra (Rangers). Free kick taken right-footed by Madjid Bougherra (Rangers) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 1:30 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Vladimir Weiss (Rangers).
  • 0:59 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Vladimir Weiss (Rangers) to near post, clearance by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 0:32 Defending throw-in by Sasa Papac (Rangers).
  • 0:08 Attacking throw-in by Stevie Hammell (Motherwell).
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 16 Oct 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 8 15 24
2 Celtic 7 13 21
3 Motherwell 8 2 13
4 Inverness CT 8 3 11
5 Hearts 8 1 11
6 Dundee Utd 7 -4 11
7 St Johnstone 8 -2 8
8 Hibernian 8 -5 8
9 Aberdeen 8 -2 7
10 Kilmarnock 8 -3 7
11 Hamilton 8 -10 6
12 St Mirren 8 -8 5

see also
Boss Smith forgives sluggishness
16 Oct 10 |  Rangers
Brown questions players' belief
16 Oct 10 |  Motherwell


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