McCoist Let Down By Players
Updated Monday, 22nd August 2011
Kyle Lafferty has held his hands up to not delivering the performance required
Rangers took the lead against Maribor before losing 2-1 in the first leg of their Europa League play-off on Thursday. After the game striker Nikica Jelavic confessed that the team was unrecognisable from the one which won the SPL title last term. Lafferty agreed, and went on: "I think Jelavic got it spot-on. No-one wanted to work for the ball and that's not a Rangers side. The Rangers side everyone knows is one that will fight for every ball and keep it and then score goals and keep clean sheets. We didn't do that the other night. But the gaffer had a word with us and what he said was spot-on as well. Everybody went out today wanting to give the gaffer a performance he deserved and we did that."
Lafferty, Steven Naismith and Gregg Wylde were on the scoresheet to secure the win over Motherwell, with the Northern Irishman crediting McCoist's team-talk for the dramatic improvement. He said: "A lot of people knocked us and thought that Motherwell would get a result against us. But the gaffer said the right things in the dressing room and got everyone up for the game and we got a performance. I'm not going to say what he said but what he said got everyone fired up for the game and we went out there and wanted to give him the performance that he deserved and I think we did that. After such a long time out, I was delighted to get my name on the team-sheet and I was over the moon to get the goal. I was pleased we got the three points."
Motherwell manager Stuart McCall said: "We were up against a good side. I tell you what went wrong, when you're up against the Old Firm, you've got to score first to have any chance of winning the game. It's easier said than done and we didn't do that."