Match Report: Rangers 0-2 Hamilton Academical
Rangers lost their first league game against Hamilton Academical at the Ibrox Stadium since 1926, when they were handed a 2-0 defeat by the 10-man Accies on Saturday.
The Gers started the game as the stronger of the two sides and dominated the early proceedings, with Alfredo Morelos forcing the Accies goalie Gary Woods into a save with a flicked header from a Daniel Candeias cross before both Morelos and veteran forward Kenny Miller fired wide off the mark soon after.
Club’s leading goal-scorer Morelos was afforded with two more excellent chances in the first-half, but he headed over the bar from a Josh Windass cross, before striking the woodwork with another headed effort, as the two teams went into half-time on level terms.
Rangers were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal just two minutes into the second period when a misplaced back-pass from defender Ross McCrorie allowed David Templeton through on goal, where he rounded Wes Foderingham and found the net to put the visitors ahead.
Morelos’ torrid day in front of the goal continued as he missed another couple of glorious chances to get his team back on level footing. This prompted manager Graeme Murty to shake up his strike force by bringing on Ryan Hardie and Eduardo Herrera for Morelos and Miller. Soon after though, the Accies struck the killer blow with Darren Lyon slamming home a second with nine minutes to spare.
The Gers tried to make a comeback with Josh Windass and Herrera both forcing saves from Woods before defender Danny Wilson headed against the bar. Hamilton defender Alex Gogic was then sent off after picking up his second yellow card in the stoppage time, but it did not have any bearing on the result.
Boss Murty could not make it three wins in a row after having taken over from Pedro Caixinha and he will definitely be disappointed with the nature of the loss. His side wasted a great number of opportunities to clinch the game. Rangers are now 9 points behind league leaders Celtic and are at 4th place in the table.
Here’s how the fans reacted to the display against Hamilton:
Unacceptable performance, they had 13 less shots than us and scored twice. That is not fucking acceptable in the slightest, awful team performance today…
— Kanesy (@Kanesy_99) November 18, 2017
Horrific the lack of passion and fight we have and all summed up by the wes selfie midweek people may play it down but sums them up
— robert mclean (@rabmclean85) November 18, 2017
More than a disappointment
— Ross Taylor (@rosstaylor42) November 18, 2017
Murty needs time
— El Patron (@DhonElPatron) November 18, 2017
Bunch of gutless shite bags, whoever becomes manager needs to pick 11 trier's, not the tried and tested that's obviously failed.
— Kenny Les (@kdy1303) November 18, 2017
Ridiculous terrible performance, players getting another manager the sack x
— Brian (@brianmcf3) November 18, 2017
Next tweet from this account better be Big Sam being announced
— Liam (@Liamwatp) November 18, 2017