Gerrard satisfied with first Rangers win

first_imgSteven Gerrard was left satisfied with Rangers’ 2-0 win over FK Shkupi in a Europa League qualifier, but insisted that they have still got “a lot of work to do” ahead of the second legThe Ibrox side put in a controlled display in their first qualifying round tie with a Jamie Murphy first-half goal and James Tavernier’s penalty in the latter stages of the game securing Gerrard a 2-0 win in his first ever competitive game in charge at senior level.While pleased to have got a critical clean sheet, Gerrard was left to rue the missed opportunities Rangers had.“I think there are a lot of positives to take from the game,” he told Rangers TV, via Sky Sports.“We’ve won it, got a clean sheet, I thought we defended really well.“We got the second goal in the end but one concern would be that we didn’t win the game a lot more comfortably and put the whole tie to bed tonight. I thought we created enough to win more convincingly so we’re still in a tie, we’re still in a game and there is still a lot of work to do.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.The clean sheet is a big advantage heading into the return leg at Macedonia.“I think the clean sheet is very important and it was nice to get a bit of relief with the second goal,” added Gerrard.“I don’t think we can create any of the players’ effort or commitment or application tonight, I thought they gave it everything and the fans stayed with them all the way through so I’m very pleased about a lot of it. The only thing is we didn’t win the game more convincingly.“We controlled a lot of it, most of it, we were a bit careless at times in a few moments but it’s the first real game and people are trying to over-impress, people are a bit tense and are still searching for that full sharpness and full fitness. All in all though, yes, I’m satisfied.“We all have to look forward to Tuesday and realise that we’re still in a game, it’s not over and there is still a lot of work to do.”last_img