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Dundee 2-1 Rangers

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Highlights: Dundee 2-1 Rangers

Mark O'Hara and Kevin Holt grabbed the goals as Dundee earned their first home league win over Rangers since 1992.

Henrik Ojamaa set up the opener, delivering from the left for O'Hara to finish from 10 yards.

Holt scored direct from a free-kick, the ball curling across the face of goal and beyond Wes Foderingham.

Joe Garner reduced the deficit after the break when he cracked a fine drive past Scott Bain from 20 yards, but that was as good as it got for Rangers.

The result sends Dundee into the top six and leaves Rangers six points adrift of second-place Aberdeen, who came from behind to beat Kilmarnock 2-1 at Rugby Park earlier on Sunday.

Dundee manager Paul Hartley said before this game that he wanted his side to press and work Rangers more than they had in both previous encounters this season - encounters their opponents won narrowly.

Dundee's Mark O'Hara savours the moment after firing Dundee into an early lead
O'Hara savours the moment after firing Dundee into an early lead

From the first shrill of referee Craig Thompson's whistle, the men in dark blue did just that. They fought for every loose ball and battled to break up every attempt from the visitors to get the ball down and build up any momentum.

The defensive nervousness that has plagued Rangers for much of the season was also on show and after just 13 seconds, Craig Wighton stormed down the right and crossed to O'Hara who headed just wide.

It was a warning that went unheeded and 10 minutes later the visitors were punished. Hartley's men found space on the left and when Ojamaa cut the ball back, the unmarked O'Hara fired a left-foot shot low past Foderingham.

Rangers were undone by a set piece for the second. Defender Holt stepped up to take a free-kick just outside the Rangers box and when he let fly with his left foot it curled low through the Rangers wall and sneaked past Foderingham, who got a touch but could not keep it out.

The Rangers players are left dejected after Dundee go 2-0 up through Kevin Holt
Rangers have kept just one clean sheet in 2017

It was no more than the home side deserved and Rangers looked very much on the ropes before the bell had even gone for the break.

The second half started in similar fashion as the first had ended but Rangers eventually gained a foothold and capitalised on Dundee's first slack period of the day.

Garner picked the ball up midway inside the Dundee half and as the defence backed off, he switched to his right foot and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the bottom right-hand corner from outside the box.

Suddenly there was noticeable belief in the visiting ranks but Dundee refused to buckle and their defence stood firm in the face of pressure.

As the clock ticked down, Rangers substitute Harry Forrester blasted high over the bar at the back post when he should have burst the back of the net.

Joe Garner makes it 2-1 with an excellent shot from outside of the box
Garner scored his first goal since October

At the other end, Wighton almost capped a fabulous performance with a goal but after excellent work, his shot was stopped by the outstretched leg of Foderingham.

Post-match reaction

Dundee manager Paul Hartley: "I'm really pleased for the players - the plan that we worked on all week, they carried it out properly today from the first whistle. We got after Rangers. Our intent was to put as much pressure on Rangers as possible and we managed to do that.

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Dundee 2-1 Rangers: Paul Hartley pleased with 'incredible work-rate' of team

"The work-rate was incredible today, the fitness levels were terrific and that desire to keep running and put Rangers under pressure, we did that.

"We know what type of team they are, they try to build from the back. We sussed their system out, how they might go and we just didn't let them build at all. We were always on the front foot.

"It shows that we can play like that, so from now until the end of the season we have to put those type of performances in every week, with that work-rate, desire and energy.

"We want to get as many points as we can before the split. We managed to get three today and I always felt we could get three today. But now next week is our focus. The players put so much into the game and it's got to be like that in every single game now."

Rangers interim manager Graeme Murty told Sky Sports: "It was really disappointing, we didn't implement the things we tried to do enough in the game and I think any team you give a two-goal head-start to is going to be very very difficult to catch up.

"We challenged them at half-time to show more and I think they did show more. But I said to them that you can't wait until half-time, it's got to be there from the get-go.

"The players understand what the demands of this football club are and they know they are there to be met. I know they can do it, it's a matter of making sure they translate it into performances and not wait to be shocked into it.

"The appointment [of a new manager] will take place whenever it takes place. The players have to take care of business on the football pitch, first, last and always. I'll carry on until I'm told otherwise but it's fair to say I'm very, very disappointed with how this first game has gone.

"They're disappointed, they're shot to pieces but they have to pick themselves up because the demands of this football club are that we go again. We expect more from them and to be perfectly honest, I expect more from them than they showed today. They expect more from themselves, so they're disappointed with themselves more than anything else."

Line-ups

Dundee

  • 1Bain
  • 30Kerr
  • 3Holt
  • 16EtxabegurenBooked at 60mins
  • 6O'Dea
  • 14O'Hara
  • 33Wighton
  • 4Vincent
  • 18McGowan
  • 22OjamaaSubstituted forWilliamsat 82'minutes
  • 21Haber

Substitutes

  • 7Hateley
  • 11Williams
  • 17Ross
  • 20El Bakhtaoui
  • 26Gadzhalov
  • 46Gourlay
  • 55Gomis

Rangers

  • 1Foderingham
  • 2Tavernier
  • 17Hodson
  • 4Kiernan
  • 3HillSubstituted forWilsonat 30'minutes
  • 16HallidaySubstituted forHoltat 78'minutes
  • 20Hyndman
  • 10McKaySubstituted forForresterat 78'minutes
  • 7GarnerBooked at 63mins
  • 9Miller
  • 33Waghorn

Substitutes

  • 6Wilson
  • 14Dodoo
  • 15Forrester
  • 23Holt
  • 25Alnwick
  • 29O'Halloran
  • 64Houston
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
9,017

Match Stats

Home TeamDundeeAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away10
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Dundee 2, Rangers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dundee 2, Rangers 1.

Attempt saved. James Vincent (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

(Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rob Kiernan (Rangers).

Harry Forrester (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cameron Kerr (Dundee).

Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

Attempt saved. Craig Wighton (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Danny Williams replaces Henrik Ojamaa.

Attempt missed. Harry Forrester (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Mark O'Hara.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Harry Forrester replaces Barrie McKay.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Jason Holt replaces Andy Halliday.

Danny Wilson (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Henrik Ojamaa (Dundee).

Danny Wilson (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Henrik Ojamaa (Dundee).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Darren O'Dea.

Attempt missed. Darren O'Dea (Dundee) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by James Tavernier (Rangers).

Henrik Ojamaa (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Rob Kiernan (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marcus Haber (Dundee).

Darren O'Dea (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Garner (Rangers).

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Kevin Holt.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Kevin Holt.

Barrie McKay (Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Craig Wighton (Dundee).

Foul by Andy Halliday (Rangers).

Marcus Haber (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Paul McGowan (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Joe Garner (Rangers).

Kostadin Gadzhalov (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Joe Garner (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Dundee 2, Rangers 1. Joe Garner (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Julen Etxabeguren Leanizbarrutia (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Julen Etxabeguren Leanizbarrutia (Dundee).

Barrie McKay (Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic25241067165173
2Aberdeen25154649232649
3Rangers2512763328543
4Hearts25108746321438
5St Johnstone2510783331237
6Dundee2576122635-927
7Partick Thistle2568112632-626
8Kilmarnock25510102241-1925
9Ross County2559112844-1624
10Motherwell2566132948-1924
11Hamilton25312102537-1221
12Inverness CT25310122946-1719
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