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Match Reaction

Rangers v Partick Thistle – 1st October 2016

It was another disappointing afternoon for Alan Archibald as his Thistle side slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Ibrox. As is becoming a theme for this season the score line did not tell the whole story, as Archie explained when he spoke to after the match.

“I thought we started brightly enough and we were definitely well in the game. We got into good areas and it felt like we could really hurt them but, at the end of the day, that final ball just wasn’t there for us. When you get chances at this level you simply have to score and that is something we need to get into our game, quickly.

“The second goal came at a really bad time for us and it was incredibly frustrating that they really didn’t have to work very hard at all for it. It’s not the first time a team has got an easy goal out of us this season and we need to get that out of our game very quickly.”

Although the Jags went in 2-0 down at half time there was certainly a reaction as they went into the second 45 and chances did come for the visitors.

“They came out battling in the second half to be fair to them and it was good to see a reaction. Chris Erskine has an unbelievable chance and I still can’t believe it didn’t end up in the back of the net. I think at that point you know it isn’t going to be your day and that really took the wind out of our sails.

“As the half wore on I think we just took a few steps back and probably played three or four yards too deep, that gave them the chance to play the ball and when they get that chance they will take it.”

Despite the good play by Thistle, Archibald is only too aware of how important it is to start picking up points.

“It really tells the story of our season, we’ve played well but came away with nothing. The performances are good to see but we need to start turning them in to points. We can’t keep coming off talking about how well we’ve played if we aren’t getting the wins we deserve.”

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