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Steven Gerrard Pilloried For Naive Decision As Rangers Blow Win Against Motherwell

Steven Gerrard Pilloried For Naive Decision As Rangers Blow Win Against Motherwell
By Gavin Cooney

Steven Gerrard's coaching career is showing worrying trends of following the last few years of his playing days by cleaving to the phenomenon we have no better phrase for than the Banter Heuristic - by which it means that all outcomes are governed by whatever gives in the highest possible yield of b****r.

In a rip-roaring lunchtime game at Fir Park today, Rangers twice trailed to Motherwell before taking a 3-2 lead into the half-time break. In even better news for Gerrard, his new signing Kyle Lafferty scored twice, along with Liverpool youngster Ovie Ejaria.

Motherwell, as you might expect, pushed forward in the second half, as Rangers dropped disastrously deep, to the point where they had ten players stationed on the edge of their own penalty area in the final minutes. The frantic shouts and gestations of Gerrard went unheeded.

Rangers, however, appeared to ride out the storm, until the final kick of the game. Motherwell had a corner in the final of three minutes of added time. Gerrard reacted by bringing on their beanpole defender Lee Wallace for forward Ejaria.

Making a change as you are defending a corner is generally taboo in football, and so it proved for Gerrard: Motherwell captain Peter Hartley turned the ball home unmarked, from two-yards out.

It was the second time this season that Rangers conceded a last-minute equaliser away from home.

After the game, Gerrard defended his 5-3-2 formation by saying that it brought them three goals while attributed the latter two goals Rangers conceded as being down to poor set-piece defending. The first, he says, was a freak goal, and said that he understands it as he had been there himself.

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He's not lying there.

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