STEVEN GERRARD has admitted he will take the blame for Motherwell’s last-gasp equaliser in the thrilling 3-3 draw against his Rangers team at Fir Park yesterday.

The Ibrox boss decided to put on substitute Lee Wallace to help defend a stoppage-time corner-kick.

As his players attempted to get into position, Well skipper Peter Hartley was unmarked smack in front of goal to turn in the leveller to snatch three points from the visitors.

Gerrard also witnessed his team fail to defend another set-play in the first-half when Carl McHugh headed in a free-kick from Gael Bigirimana for the second goal.

However, the Liverpool legend put his hands up if the decision to introduce Wallace was the cause of their late slip-up.

He said: “They had four or five big units on there then I have a defender sitting behind me who is 6ft 3in – and with all due respect to Ovie Ejaria – Lee Wallace is a lot better at defending set-pieces. That was the thinking behind it.

“If I’ve got it wrong, I’ll take the blame, no problem.”

DIDN’T HE DO WELL? Skipper Peter Hartley knocks in Motherwell’s dramatic late leveller in the 3-3 draw. Pic: Geo.

Stephen Robinson’s side took a third-minute lead when Danny Johnson pounced on a slip by Connor Goldson to lob the ball over the advancing Allan McGregor.

Kyle Lafferty, with the help of a massive deflection from Richard Tait, celebrated his first goal since returning from Hearts and he added a second with a header to wipe out McHugh’s effort.

Ejaria gave the Gers the interval lead with an effort that spun into the net off the palms of keeper Trevor Carson and then came the dramatic and exciting climax.

Gerrard added: “I’m bitterly disappointed with the timing of the equaliser.

“It obviously hurts that little bit more that late. I thought we defended very well to their style in open play for the majority of the game. But we’ve got work to do defending set-plays, that’s for sure.

“The first goal was an unlucky one, obviously. I’ve been there myself, so I feel for Connor on that one.

“As for Lafferty. That’s exactly why we brought him here. We knew he was capable of scoring important goals and a volume of goals in this league.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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