Kenny McDowall accepts point following disappointing display against Falkirk

Rangers' Nicky Clark (centre) and Falkirk's Craig Sibbald (right) and Kieran Duffie
Rangers' Nicky Clark (centre) and Falkirk's Craig Sibbald (right) and Kieran Duffie

Rangers caretaker boss Kenny McDowall could not fail to hide his disappointment with his team’s performance and result in Friday night’s 1-1 draw with Falkirk at Westfield.

The visitors took the lead through Darren McGregor after 20 minutes, but Falkirk responded instantly when Rory Loy headed home from John Baird’s cross.

Rangers struggled to create clear opportunities for long periods of the game, with the result meaning they missed the chance to move above Hibernian into second place.

“We were disappointing in the first-half but the second-half was better,” McDowall said.

“In the first-half we were not up to the par we have been playing at. I was disappointed with our passing.

“In the second half we were better but we still didn’t do enough to win the game.”

McDowall’s analysis of the 90 minutes was at variance with many onlookers – but he did strike the right chord when highlighting the problems created by the artificial surface.

“Obviously the pitch played a part for us. It is not an excuse because it is one of the better ones but when it is a night like tonight when it is raining it is very slick,” he added.

“The Falkirk lads train on it every day and you can see they are well used to the pace of it. That can be tricky to get to grips with.”

Friday night’s performance was even more of a let-down for the travelling support, given the promise of recent weeks as McDowall acknowledged.

“It is disappointing, especially after the last couple of games where we have been doing much better especially in the last third. We have been creating a lot of chances although we have maybe not taken them,” he said.

“Tonight I felt in the last third we weren’t sharp and our final ball wasn’t as good as it has been.”

Despite the loss of two points being another blow to Ibrox hopes of even yet securing the Championship title, McDowall refused to throw in the title.

“There are still a lot of games to go. I look at it as a point gained as this is not an easy place to come to and this was never going to be a formality. To get away with a point is no bad thing - we’ll move on and take the next game as it comes,” he said.

Meanwhile, Falkirk manager Peter Houston was impressed with his team’s performance and said they could easily have picked up all three points.

“I thought we deserved three points if I am being perfectly honest,” he said.

“We have only lost one match in 15 and I am thrilled with that, but I am a little bit disappointed for the players not to get the three points after how much we put into it.

“I felt we dominated in the first half. We went behind with what was probably Rangers’ first attack, which was a free-kick from a wide area that we should have dealt better with. The good thing about it was we got back into the game quickly and that is important.

“Jamie MacDonald has had very little to do over the 90 minutes and that is credit to our players. I don’t even remember him having to make a save in the second half.”