Saints 0-3 Rangers

Friday 13th October

Saints this evening lost 3-0 to Rangers at McDiarmid Park. The visitors took the lead on 27 minutes as Carlos Peña fired in James Tavernier's cross.

Saints tried to fight back during the second half and forced several corners but couldn’t take advantage of their possession.

The match then changed on 71 minutes as Saints captain Steven Anderson was sent off for a second bookable offence for a tug on Alfredo Morelos. Rangers then took advantage of their extra man as Peña headed home a Tavernier cross on 78 minutes for his and Rangers second of the evening. Then with 4 minutes remaining Graham Dorrans wrapped up the points for The Gers after being setup by Jason Holt.

MATCH REPORT

Saints were looking to bounce back from their 3-0 loss to Aberdeen at Pittodrie a fortnight ago, as they welcomed Rangers to McDiarmid Park this evening. Tommy Wright's men were looking to put the strong media build up to one side, and do the talking on the pitch. There were two changes to the Saints side that started at Pittodrie as Scott Tanser and Paul Paton dropped to the bench to be replaced by David Wotherspoon and Chris Millar. Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha also made two changes to the team that started their 4-1 win against Hamilton Accies last time out as Bruno Alves and Jason Holt came into replace Ross McCrorie and Ryan Jack.

Rangers got the match underway and the first chance of the game fell to Graham Cummins on 23 minutes. A long ball forward by Murray Davidson sent the Saints striker through the middle evading Bruno Alves, and he hit a hard shot at Wes Foderingham who pushed the ball over for a corner.

Saints would rue that miss as the visitors took the lead on 27 minutes as Carlos Peña did well to get on the end of a James Tavernier cross, lashing it in the top left corner at the back post. 0-1 Rangers.

Saints tried to rally and a Stefan Scougall corner just before half time was nodded down by Steven Anderson to Cummins at the near post however his effort went over the bar.

Steven MacLean and Cummins caused Rangers further problems after the break, but Saints could not take advantage of their set-plays.

Just after the hour mark Saints had five corners came in quick succession but the Rangers rearguard handled the pressure, defending well. During the process of those five corners both Anderson and Alves were shown yellow cards following a scuffle in the box.

Saints hopes of getting back into the game faded away on 71 minutes as Steven Anderson was sent off for a second bookable offence for a tug on Alfredo Morelos. Saints good start to the second half quickly went downhill.

On 78 minutes Peña got his and Rangers second of the evening as he bulleted a header past Alan Mannus from a Tavernier cross. 0-2 Rangers.

The visitors were now taking advantage of their extra man and on 85 minutes Graham Dorrans saw his thunderous strike hit Mannus’ bar. The Rangers midfielder was though not to be denied as a minute later he coolly added a third for Rangers. The referee played advantage when Morelos was felled on the edge of the box, Jason Holt pounced on the ball and squared neatly to Dorrans who smacked it first time into the bottom corner to round things off. 0-3 Rangers.

In the end, both sides were equal and showed not much in front of goal in the first half, however Rangers took advantage of their extra man during the second half to runout comfortable winners.

Saints: Mannus; Comrie, Anderson, Shaughnessy, Easton; Wotherspoon, Millar (Paton 69), Davidson, Scougall; MacLean (Johnstone 81), Cummins (Thomson 74)

Unused Substitutes: Clark (GK), Tanser, Gordon, Craig

Booked: Anderson, Paton

Sent Off: Anderson

Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, Alves, Cardoso, John, Candeias, Peña (McCrorie 85), Holt, Dorrans, Windass (Nemane 90), Morelos (Herrera 90)

Unused Substitutes: Alnwick (GK), Dalcio, Hodson, Barjonas

Booked: Windass, John, Dorrans

Scorers: Peña (27, 78), Dorrans (86)

Referee: Don Robertson

Attendance: 6,887

Match Report by Ruairidh Smith

Picture: Stefan Scougall challenges Alfredo Morelos