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‘I DIDN’T RECOGNISE US,’ ADMITS GUTTED GERRARD

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DISAPPOINTED Steven Gerrard had an unhappy 100th game in charge of Rangers as they folded to a 2-1 defeat against Hearts at Tynecastle yesterday.

The Ibrox boss saw his side fail to keep the pressure on Celtic at the top of the Premiership as they endured capital punishment in Edinburgh.

The Hoops beat Ross County 3-0 at Parkhead 24 hours earlier to edge five points clear although the Govan men have a game against St Johnstone in hand.

Rock-bottom Hearts came back from a goal down to rock the Gers in their first away game since they defeated Neil Lennon’s side 2-1 in the east end of Glasgow before the turn of the year.

Ryan Kent had give the visitors the advantage with a marvellously-crafted goal, but ex-Ibrox favourite Steven Naismith hit the equaluser before Liam Boyce, making his debut after his £150,000 switch from Burton Albion, netted the winner in the 83rd minute.

Gutted Gerrard, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “It was a poor performance. I didn’t recognise us from the start of the game to the finish.

“Hearts deserved their win. They rushed us off the pitch and rattled us. They dominated us in terms of the ugly side of the game.

“We’ve been really organised, competed well and won second balls until now away from home, but there was nothing on either side of our game.

“It’s always frustrating when you lose a game, but I’m shocked as I didn’t see that coming. You can lose a football match, but I didn’t recognise my players and everything we work on daily.”

Gerrard added: “We were really poor first-half, but we were at 0-0 and I could get into them at half-time.

“We got ourselves in front with a really good goal, but then fell back into the trap seen during the first-half. We’ve gifted them two goals. We had the best chances in the 90 minutes, four or five when we were through on goal, but we can’t hide behind that.

“That’s not the reason why we lost the game. We weren’t good enough both in and out of possession, and more often than not that will mean you get beat.”

 

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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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