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WARBURTON DISAPPOINTED, McINTYRE PUZZLED

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MARK WARBURTON didn’t attempt to disguise his disappointment after Rangers’ 1-1 draw with Ross County in Dingwall yesterday.
The stalemate in the Highlands left the Ibrox side in third place in the Premiership, 11 points behind Celtic and one adrift of Aberdeen and Celtic have a game in hand over both!
Veteran Clint Hill nodded the visitors ahead after just eight minutes before Kenny Miller and Joe Garner wasted chances to extend their lead. Those misses came back to haunt Warburton when County skipper Andrew Davies levelled midway through the first-half.
In the end, last season’s Championship winners had to settle for a point – and could have lost all three as Liam Boyce and Alex Schalk went close for County in the closing stages.

Afterwards Warburton said: “That was nowhere near as good as last week. Our level of performance wasn’t what it needed to be.

“But, despite that, we had enough chances in the first-half to be out of sight and we need to be more clinical, it’s got to hurt to miss and we weren’t clinical enough.

“We were looking for the three points – it’s two points dropped and that’s no disrespect to County.

“We weren’t playing as well as we wanted to play, but we had chances in the first-half. You can’t give up opportunities like that.

“If we get a consistent high level of performance then the results will come. You are where you are. We dropped two points by being sloppy and not clinical enough.”

County boss Jim McIntyre, with his side bottom of the league, was unhappy with the display of referee Andrew Dallas, but could not fault the way his side performed.unspecified-129

He said: “I think we deserved that point. We put so much into the game. We asked the players to be brave and play on the front foot and they did.

“We were really frustrated to concede from the first corner, but when you’ve been on a run like we have, some teams can crumble.

“We certainly didn’t. We worked our way back into the game, scored a really good goal and had other real good opportunities where we could have made more of them had we taken a wee bit more care.

“I thought the referee made some strange decisions – that’s the best way I can put it.

“We should have had a free-kick inside their six-yard box when their ‘keeper handled a passback. I don’t know why he doesn’t give it.

“But I don’t want to make too much of his performance. I’d rather talk more about my team’s display, which I thought was fantastic.”

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