'That cost us' - Caixinha makes admission after Rangers draw v Partick
By James Black
Pedro Caixinha has admitted that his Rangers side failed to show enough ability on the ball in their 2-2 draw with Partick Thistle at Firhill on Friday night.
Caixinha’s side took the lead before being stunned by two Thistle goals in the second-half before Graham Dorrans’ strike rescued a point for the Gers.
Partick finished the game with ten men after Chris Erskine’s dismissal for a shocking challenge on Alfredo Morelos.
The Rangers manager was happy enough with his team’s effort but added that they didn’t control the pace of the game well enough.
“I think the effort from the boys was great and we tried to fight for the game from the beginning to the end,” Caixinha said, as quoted by Rangers’ official website.
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“The control of the pace and with that, the control the game is the point that I didn’t like. We started with a great goal from Morelos, and we made poor decisions in the last third – and that cost us a little bit of the game in the first half as it was really pacey because of that.
After going a goal down Rangers rallied well and once Erskine was sent off, the Gers bombarded Thistle’s box but couldn’t get a winner.
The two sides meet again on Tuesday night in the quarter final of the Betfred Cup and Caixinha has challenged his squad to pick themselves up as they try and secure a place in a Hampden semi final.
The Portuguese boss added: “It was two great strikes, and two great goals. But, it is not a question of individuality. We were coming here to win the game, and we think we lost two points.
“We need to keep going, we are here again on Tuesday and it is a knockout game. We want to be in the semi-finals and I am always thinking positively and looking forward.”
Rangers and Partick join Hibs, Livingston, Dundee, Celtic, Motherwell and Aberdeen in hoping to book a place in the last-four of the League Cup.
Rangers last won the competition in 2011 and are the most successful team in the trophy’s history – winning it 27 times.