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Smith bemoans lack of composure

Rangers manager Walter Smith
Smith's men could not respond to Motherwell's equaliser

Rangers manager Walter Smith refused to blame his side's fixture backlog after slipping to a 1-1 draw at Motherwell.

"I don't think it was a factor," Smith said when asked if his players were tired after a punishing schedule.

"We put enough energy into the game to win. We played very well in the first half and could have been more than one up if we'd taken our chances.

"A bit of anxiety crept into our play - we got caught up in the game when we needed someone to slow things down."

Rangers now trail leaders Celtic by three points with the league race ending on Thursday evening.

Smith's men play their game in hand against St Mirren on Monday but must also make up a goal difference of seven.

"We just have to concentrate on winning both games," added Smith.

"There is still a bit of football to be played. Teams are not just going to turn up and allow Celtic and Rangers to win.

"Motherwell showed that today. They played with pride and put in a great effort and I'm sure it will be the same with St Mirren, Aberdeen and Dundee United.

"It was in our own hands, but it's not now and that is disappointing - but we just have to get on with it."

see also
Motherwell 1-1 Rangers
17 May 08 |  Scottish Premier

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