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St Mirren   1 - 3   Rangers

Kyle Lafferty celebrates with team-mate Steven Davis

Highlights - St Mirren 1-3 Rangers

By Clive Lindsay

Substitute Kyle Lafferty inspired Rangers to a win over St Mirren that restores the Glasgow side's one-point lead at the top of the table.

Lafferty's flick-on was headed into his own net by Marc McAusland after 47 minutes and the forward set up Steven Naismith for a tap-in 11 minutes later.

Rangers' top scorer, Kenny Miller, pounced on a McAusland mistake to fire the third after 68 minutes.

Michael Higdon replied from the penalty spot after Steven Davis handled.

But the Buddies could not salvage a point and remain on the bottom of the Scottish Premier League while Rangers leapfrog city rivals Celtic at the top.

Rangers had switched to their more attacking domestic formation, with winger Vladimir Weiss passing a fitness test to replace Kirk Broadfoot.

Kyle Lafferty and Kenny Miller celebrate
Lafferty and Miller were instrumental in Rangers' win

St Mirren manager Danny Lennon sought to pack the midfield, with Hugh Murray coming in for Higdon, who has been struggling with a knock.

But it was the Buddies who provided the early threat, with on-loan Celtic forward Paul McGowan wriggling clear inside the box but sending his mis-hit 16-yard drive wide.

Striker Gareth Wardlaw found himself with space inside the Rangers penalty box but failed to hit the target with his header from 12 yards.

St Mirren had the ball in the net when Aaron Mooy pounced after Allan McGregor dropped a Jure Travner cross, but it was ruled out because Wardlaw had forced the goalkeeper into the fumble with a vigorous barge.

Rangers started to dominate possession and up the tempo, with Weiss leading the probing and winning a free-kick from which the visitors came close to breaking the deadlock after 28 minutes.

Steven Davis's 22-yard drive clattered the crossbar before coming off goalkeeper Craig Samson's hand and deflecting wide of the post.

Samson was fortunate a minute before half time when it looked like Rangers had taken the lead.

The goalkeeper seemed to miss his punch when trying to prevent a Weiss corner reaching the head of Steven Naismith eight yards from goal, but referee Craig Thomson ruled out the forward's effort, seemingly for a foul.

Rangers withdrew Weiss, who had been booked for an angry push on David van Zanten, at half-time and on came forward Lafferty.

It took the Northern Ireland international two minutes to help Rangers break the deadlock after their first sustained spell of intense pressure on the home defence.

He headed on a Davis cross and McAusland directed it into the far top corner from eight yards.

Buddies boss Lennon responded with the withdrawal of Mooy and the introduction of striker Higdon.

However, the Paisley side fell further behind and Lafferty was again involved.

Davis released the striker down the left and he rolled the ball into the six-yard box for Naismith to flick home the winner for his eighth goal of the season.

Another McAusland mistake secured Rangers' win when he attempted to control a back header from John Potter but was robbed by Miller, who steered his drive past the exposed Samson.

The Buddies were unlucky not to reply immediately when Madjid Bougherra's attempted clearance struck the inside of the post and Higdon's low drive on the rebound looked to be heading in via a deflection off Sasa Papac.

However, McGregor showed his Scotland international form to claw the ball off the goal-line.

They did get the goal their determination deserved after 75 minutes when a Travner cross struck Davis's hand and Higdon tucked away the penalty kick.

Higdon squandered a chance to give Rangers a more nervous finale when he skied his drive from 14 yards after fine set-up play by Travner.

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Sunday, 7 November 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
St Mirren 1-3 Rangers FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Higdon (pen) 76
  • McAusland (og) 48
  • Naismith 58
  • Miller 68

St Mirren

  • 12 Samson
  • 02 van Zanten yellow card
  • 06 Potter
  • 14 McGregor
  • 16 Travner
  • 17 McAusland
  • 07 Murray yellow card
  • 27 Cregg
  • 33 Mooy (Higdon 53)
  • 18 Wardlaw (McCluskey 73)
  • 19 McGowan

Substitutes

  • 30 Mathers,
  • 39 Kennedy,
  • 04 Brady,
  • 22 McCluskey,
  • 45 Mclean,
  • 10 Higdon,
  • 15 McQuade

Rangers

  • 01 McGregor
  • 03 Weir
  • 05 Papac yellow card
  • 16 Whittaker
  • 24 Bougherra
  • 06 McCulloch
  • 07 Edu
  • 08 Davis
  • 20 Weiss yellow card (Lafferty 46)
  • 09 Miller
  • 14 Naismith

Substitutes

  • 25 Alexander,
  • 04 Broadfoot,
  • 12 Foster,
  • 39 Wylde,
  • 10 Fleck,
  • 11 Lafferty,
  • 41 Hutton
Ref: ThomsonAtt: 5,674
ST MIRREN
RANGERS

Possession

  • St Mirren 45%
  • Rangers 55%

Attempts on target

  • St Mirren 6
  • Rangers 12

Attempts off target

  • St Mirren 4
  • Rangers 6

Corners

  • St Mirren 3
  • Rangers 3

Fouls

  • St Mirren 16
  • Rangers 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:17 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • 87:21 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Paul McGowan, clearance made by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 87:16 Patrick Cregg produces a cross, Sasa Papac makes a clearance.
  • 85:49 Jure Travner crosses the ball, Maurice Edu gets a block in.
  • 84:20 Shot by Kyle Lafferty. Save by Craig Samson.
  • 83:04 Jure Travner delivers the ball, Hugh Murray has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • 82:30 Effort on goal by Kenny Miller from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
  • 82:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Naismith on Marc McAusland. John Potter restarts play with the free kick.
  • 80:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra by Michael Higdon. Madjid Bougherra takes the free kick.
  • 79:39 Patrick Cregg gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Naismith. Direct free kick taken by Steven Naismith.
  • 78:31 Jure Travner crosses the ball, Michael Higdon takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
  • 77:07 Shot by Kyle Lafferty from a long way out goes over the net.
  • 76:18 Kenny Miller has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
  • 75:31 Handball decision goes against Steven Davis.
  • 75:31 GOAL - Michael HigdonSt Mirren 1 - 3 Rangers Michael Higdon scores a penalty. St Mirren 1-3 Rangers.
  • 74:42 Booking The referee books Sasa Papac for dissent.
  • 74:13 Jure Travner produces a cross.
  • 72:41 Paul McGowan has an effort at goal. Madjid Bougherra gets a block in. Paul McGowan takes the inswinging corner, Gareth Wardlaw gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Allan McGregor. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 72:41 Substitution (St Mirren) makes a substitution, with Jamie McCluskey coming on for Gareth Wardlaw.
  • 71:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Davis on Darren McGregor. Paul McGowan fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 70:48 Michael Higdon has a volleyed shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
  • 70:24 Jure Travner produces a cross, clearance by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 70:12 Centre by David van Zanten, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
  • 69:59 The ball is swung over by Patrick Cregg, Madjid Bougherra manages to make a clearance.
  • 69:31 David van Zanten sends in a cross, Michael Higdon takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
  • 69:08 Kenny Miller delivers the ball, save by Craig Samson.
  • 67:39 GOAL - Kenny MillerSt Mirren 0 - 3 Rangers Kenny Miller scores a goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Mirren 0-3 Rangers.
  • 65:41 The ball is crossed by Patrick Cregg, Sasa Papac manages to make a clearance.
  • 65:19 The ball is crossed by Jure Travner, Madjid Bougherra makes a clearance.
  • 63:32 Darren McGregor fouled by Kyle Lafferty, the ref awards a free kick. Paul McGowan restarts play with the free kick.
  • 61:57 Sasa Papac sends in a cross, Hugh Murray manages to make a clearance.
  • 60:38 The ball is swung over by Patrick Cregg, Gareth Wardlaw challenges David Weir unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
  • 60:28 A cross is delivered by Jure Travner, Steven Davis gets a block in.
  • 59:25 Unfair challenge on Jure Travner by Steven Whittaker results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Patrick Cregg.
  • 57:52 The assist for the goal came from Kyle Lafferty.
  • 57:52 GOAL - Steven NaismithSt Mirren 0 - 2 Rangers Steven Naismith gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. St Mirren 0-2 Rangers.
  • 54:55 Unfair challenge on Patrick Cregg by Kenny Miller results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Samson.
  • 54:30 Lee McCulloch has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Blocked by John Potter.
  • 54:11 The ball is delivered by Steven Whittaker, clearance made by Darren McGregor.
  • 52:59 Substitution Michael Higdon comes on in place of Aaron Mooy.
  • 52:29 Foul by Maurice Edu on Patrick Cregg, free kick awarded. Patrick Cregg takes the direct free kick.
  • 50:36 Sasa Papac is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by John Potter.
  • 47:51 Lee McCulloch takes a shot. Steven Whittaker provided the assist for the goal. Blocked by John Potter.
  • 47:51 GOAL - Marc McAuslandSt Mirren 0 - 1 Rangers Own goal by Marc McAusland. St Mirren 0-1 Rangers.
  • 47:25 Steven Whittaker takes a shot. Blocked by Darren McGregor.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • 45:01 Substitution Kyle Lafferty joins the action as a substitute, replacing Vladimir Weiss.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:07 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 45:00+0:25 The ball is delivered by Vladimir Weiss, save made by Craig Samson.
  • 43:17 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Vladimir Weiss, Foul by Steven Naismith on Craig Samson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.
  • 43:09 Vladimir Weiss sends in a cross, Marc McAusland gets a block in.
  • 42:44 Sasa Papac sends in a cross, Craig Samson makes a save.
  • 42:21 The referee blows for offside against Gareth Wardlaw. Indirect free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 41:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss by David van Zanten. Free kick crossed right-footed by Vladimir Weiss from left wing, save by Craig Samson.
  • 40:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Mooy on Maurice Edu. Steven Davis takes the direct free kick.
  • 39:48 The ball is crossed by Vladimir Weiss, Craig Samson makes a save.
  • 39:07 Sasa Papac takes a shot. Kenny Miller gets a block in.
  • 38:58 The ball is swung over by Steven Davis, David van Zanten manages to make a clearance.
  • 38:08 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Samson.
  • 37:47 Sasa Papac sends in a cross.
  • 37:16 Corner from right by-line taken by Vladimir Weiss.
  • 37:08 The ball is crossed by Madjid Bougherra, Darren McGregor gets a block in.
  • 36:37 Jure Travner crosses the ball.
  • 35:12 The assistant referee flags for offside against Steven Naismith. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Samson.
  • 34:46 Vladimir Weiss delivers the ball, Darren McGregor makes a clearance.
  • 34:28 Marc McAusland takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
  • 34:20 Aaron Mooy delivers the ball, Lee McCulloch makes a clearance.
  • 33:48 Corner taken by Aaron Mooy, clearance made by David Weir.
  • 32:48 The ball is delivered by Darren McGregor.
  • 32:03 Gareth Wardlaw fouled by Sasa Papac, the ref awards a free kick. Aaron Mooy crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by David Weir.
  • 31:40 Booking Booking for Vladimir Weiss.
  • 31:07 Booking David van Zanten goes into the referee's book.
  • Correction - 27:39 David van Zanten gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Steven Davis, save made by Craig Samson.
  • 27:39 Unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss by David van Zanten results in a free kick. Shot comes in from Steven Davis from the free kick, Craig Samson makes a save.
  • 27:13 Effort on goal by Lee McCulloch from 18 yards. Blocked by Patrick Cregg.
  • 26:49 Maurice Edu fouled by Hugh Murray, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sasa Papac.
  • 26:49 Booking Hugh Murray goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 25:52 Unfair challenge on Maurice Edu by Gareth Wardlaw results in a free kick. David Weir takes the free kick.
  • 24:48 Sasa Papac crosses the ball, David van Zanten manages to make a clearance.
  • 24:11 Steven Naismith fouled by Darren McGregor, the ref awards a free kick. Allan McGregor delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, David van Zanten makes a clearance.
  • 23:26 The ball is crossed by Sasa Papac, Shot by Kenny Miller from 18 yards. Blocked by John Potter.
  • 21:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by David van Zanten on Vladimir Weiss. David Weir restarts play with the free kick.
  • 21:22 Steven Naismith concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren McGregor. Craig Samson takes the direct free kick.
  • 18:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrick Cregg on Lee McCulloch. Free kick taken by David Weir.
  • 18:16 Maurice Edu produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the target.
  • 16:35 Kenny Miller has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 15:25 Unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch by Patrick Cregg results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Vladimir Weiss.
  • 13:31 Vladimir Weiss fouled by Patrick Cregg, the ref awards a free kick. Sasa Papac produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 12:19 The ball is swung over by Jure Travner, Gareth Wardlaw challenges Allan McGregor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 12:14 Hugh Murray sends in a cross, Madjid Bougherra manages to make a clearance.
  • 10:53 Steven Davis challenges Paul McGowan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Aaron Mooy from the free kick.
  • 8:38 David van Zanten crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Gareth Wardlaw misses to the left of the goal.
  • 7:26 A cross is delivered by Vladimir Weiss, Craig Samson makes a save.
  • 5:37 Paul McGowan has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 4:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Madjid Bougherra on Gareth Wardlaw. John Potter restarts play with the free kick.
  • 4:27 David van Zanten concedes a free kick for a foul on Vladimir Weiss. Vladimir Weiss takes the direct free kick.
  • 3:02 Vladimir Weiss concedes a free kick for a foul on David van Zanten. Free kick taken by John Potter.
  • 2:22 Steven Whittaker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul McGowan. Free kick taken by Craig Samson.
  • 1:59 Steven Whittaker crosses the ball, John Potter manages to make a clearance.
  • 0:32 Vladimir Weiss takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Shot from inside the area by Lee McCulloch clears the bar.
  • 0:17 Maurice Edu takes a shot. Hugh Murray gets a block in.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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Scottish Premier results

7 Nov 2010 23:59 UK


Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 7 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 11 19 31
2 Celtic 11 24 30
3 Motherwell 11 3 19
4 Hearts 11 3 17
5 Dundee Utd 11 -4 17
6 Inverness CT 11 3 15
7 Kilmarnock 11 2 13
8 St Johnstone 11 -7 11
9 Aberdeen 11 -10 10
10 Hamilton 11 -11 9
11 Hibernian 11 -10 8
12 St Mirren 11 -12 8

see also
Lennon rues poor Saints defending
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Lafferty's mobility pleases Smith
07 Nov 10 |  Rangers
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Sunday's SPL photos
07 Nov 10 |  Scottish Premier


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