Ger­rard frus­trated by lack of dis­ci­pline

Evening Express (City Final) - - Athletics - BY SEAN WAL­LACE CHIEF FOOT­BALL WRITER

RANGERS boss Steven Ger­rard slated his side’s lack of dis­ci­pline and ad­mit­ted they “failed” the test against Aberdeen. The Dons tri­umphed 1-0 at Ibrox to rack up back to back wins against Rangers in Glas­gow. It was a vic­tory that sent Rangers top­pling off the top of the Premier­ship ta­ble. Both sides were re­duced to 10 men in a fiery en­counter. Aberdeen’s Sam Cos­grove was sent pack­ing for a sec­ond yel­low in the first half, but any ad­van­tage evap­o­rated af­ter the break when Al­fredo More­los was also shown a sec­ond yel­low. Ger­rard ad­mit­ted his side weren’t good enough to beat the Dons and was frus­trated at an­other red just 24 hours af­ter call­ing a meet­ing to ad­dress lack of dis­ci­pline. The dis­missal of More­los was Rangers’ eighth red card this sea­son. Ger­rard said: “I’m very dis­ap­pointed in our per­for­mance. “It was a good op­por­tu­nity and dif­fi­cult test for us – but one that I had con­fi­dence that I could pass. “Un­for­tu­nately we’ve failed. “The per­for­mance as a group wasn’t good enough to beat Aberdeen, even at 11 v 10 the per­for­mance wasn’t good enough. “In­di­vid­u­ally we didn’t have many at it and we never played with control, which I asked all the team to do yesterday in a meet­ing. “I keep re­peat­ing my­self be­fore and af­ter ev­ery sin­gle game about the im­por­tance of play­ing with control and dis­ci­pline. “We’ve got the ma­jor­ity of things wrong tonight all over the pitch.” Colom­bian in­ter­na­tional striker More­los was dis­missed af­ter two book­ings from ref­eree Steven Mclean. The sec­ond was for a chal­lenge with his arm on Dons skip­per Graeme Shin­nie. Ger­rard said: “The first yel­low for me is a lit­tle bit soft but it was prob­a­bly a foul. The sec­ond one he de­serves.” On the dis­ci­pline, he said: “I’m con­cerned about it. “There is only so much I can do. “I’ve made it very clear they are not help­ing them­selves. They are mak­ing their task a lot more dif­fi­cult. They are putting more stress on each other, on their bod­ies. “We miss key play­ers for im­por­tant games. “When I came in here, the club had fin­ished third in the league. “So there’s the job and the task – it’s huge. “It’s dif­fi­cult with 11 men, so they are not help­ing them­selves at the mo­ment. “It’s very dif­fi­cult for me to back them and pro­tect them be­cause 24 hours af­ter a team meet­ing about con­trol­ling dis­ci­pline, it’s very tough for me to take right now.”

Man­ager Steven Ger­rard

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