Scottish Cup - Fourth Round
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Rangers 2-1 Motherwell

Kenny Miller scores
Miller scored twice in five minutes to send Rangers through

Kenny Miller scored twice as Rangers came from behind to beat Motherwell and reach the Scottish Cup fifth round.

The striker had come close with a header before Louis Moult nodded the visitors into a second-half lead from Chris Cadden's superb delivery.

But Miller headed the hosts level from Martyn Waghorn's sumptuous cross.

Well almost went ahead again through Carl McHugh and Scott McDonald but Miller had the final say, finishing well from Emerson Hyndman's pass.

No end product

Rangers dominated the ball for long periods without really unlocking the Motherwell defence.

Wingers Barrie McKay and Michael O'Halloran, the latter the subject of interest from Well, too often failed to provide a telling delivery while full-backs Lee Hodson and Lee Wallace also got into advanced areas with little success.

The only clear chances of the first half came from set pieces, Andy Halliday's delivery headed on to the top of the crossbar by Miller and Jason Holt having a volley blocked by the visiting defence.

O'Halloran claimed unsuccessfully for a penalty following Steven Hammell's challenge and the winger was further frustrated after the break when he had a shot blocked.

McKay had the beating of Richard Tait on several occasions and saw a shot drift past after cutting in from the left.

Motherwell and Rangers players
O'Halloran felt he was tripped by Hammell but referee Craig Thomson was unconvinced

Steelmen bide their time

Motherwell had sat in throughout the first half with Joe Chalmers pulling a shot wide in one of their few advances.

However, they showed more attacking intent early in the second period and it was the turn of the Rangers defence to have some nervous moments as crosses rained in towards lone striker Moult from Hammell and Cadden.

The introduction of McDonald in place of Chalmers gave the hosts a different threat to deal with and the Australian former Celtic striker soon drew a save from Wes Foderingham.

Moult delivers but so does Miller

In Moult, Motherwell possessed the presence and finishing prowess their hosts' had appeared to lack.

The striker had been isolated for much of the match but needed just one chance to show his worth.

Cadden swung an inviting cross in from the right and the Englishman towered above Hodson to beat Foderingham.

Louis Moult scores
Moult netted his 12th goal of the season

It looked as though Well manager Mark McGhee's tactics had paid off but Waghorn - on for O'Halloran - had other ideas, lifting a left-foot cross from the right on to the head of Miller for the leveller.

A frantic finale ensued as McHugh and then McDonald were denied in quick succession by Foderingham.

Hyndman - signed on loan from Bournemouth earlier this month - came on for Holt and set up Rangers' winner with a pass through to Miller, whose composure was exemplary.

McKay had two more efforts and Moult fired wide as last season's finalists progressed.

What the managers said

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Scottish Cup highlights: Rangers 2-1 Motherwell

Rangers manager Mark Warburton: "I'm delighted we're through. I thought we deserved to win the game of football but you find yourself 1-0 down with 15 minutes to go so that is the harsh reality of it.

"The positives were we passed the ball well. But we never penetrated, we never tested their keeper and we didn't have enough bravery in the final third.

"All credit to Motherwell - they were very hard working, very well organised and well marshalled. Our goals came late because that is when their players tire. Again two late goals is credit to our team, to their fitness and their desire.

"It was two quality finishes, a great ball in from Waggy and then the composure and the poise from Kenny. The second is a great ball in from Emerson and he finishes it with aplomb so it is no coincidence. It is the way he [Miller] works on the training field, the way he eats. It is all credit to him and the senior players."

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee: "I am speechless. I've only ever felt as bad as this twice in my 900-odd games as a manager.

"Once at Millwall when we lost in the play-offs and the other time at Wolves when we lost to Crystal Palace in the play-offs. These are the only games that match how I'm feeling right now.

"Nobody has said anything after the game, nobody had any to say. I couldn't speak for half-an-hour."

Line-ups

Rangers

  • 1Foderingham
  • 17Hodson
  • 4Kiernan
  • 3Hill
  • 5Wallace
  • 8ToralSubstituted forWindassat 63'minutes
  • 16Halliday
  • 29O'HalloranSubstituted forWaghornat 71'minutes
  • 23HoltSubstituted forHyndmanat 73'minutes
  • 10McKay
  • 9Miller

Substitutes

  • 11Windass
  • 15Forrester
  • 20Hyndman
  • 24Senderos
  • 25Gilks
  • 27Bates
  • 33Waghorn

Motherwell

  • 1Samson
  • 2Tait
  • 4Heneghan
  • 6McManus
  • 3Hammell
  • 12CaddenSubstituted forMcMillanat 81'minutes
  • 14Lasley
  • 8McHughBooked at 90mins
  • 20Clay
  • 15ChalmersBooked at 59minsSubstituted forMcDonaldat 63'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 9Moult

Substitutes

  • 7Ainsworth
  • 11Bowman
  • 13Brill
  • 25Ferguson
  • 26Campbell
  • 30McMillan
  • 77McDonald
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
31,921

Match Stats

Home TeamRangersAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Rangers 2, Motherwell 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rangers 2, Motherwell 1.

Andy Halliday (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Carl McHugh (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Carl McHugh (Motherwell).

Attempt blocked. Martyn Waghorn (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Craig Samson.

Attempt saved. Barrie McKay (Rangers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Barrie McKay (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 2, Motherwell 1. Kenny Miller (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Emerson Hyndman.

Foul by Andy Halliday (Rangers).

Louis Moult (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Louis Moult (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Carl McHugh (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 1, Motherwell 1. Kenny Miller (Rangers) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Martyn Waghorn.

Attempt blocked. Kenny Miller (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Lee Hodson (Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Jack McMillan replaces Chris Cadden because of an injury.

Lee Hodson (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Clay (Motherwell).

Booking

Scott McDonald (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Lee Wallace.

Foul by Emerson Hyndman (Rangers).

Craig Clay (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Rangers 0, Motherwell 1. Louis Moult (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Chris Cadden.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Emerson Hyndman replaces Jason Holt.

Andy Halliday (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Lee Wallace.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Martyn Waghorn replaces Michael O'Halloran.

Attempt missed. Josh Windass (Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Barrie McKay (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Andy Halliday (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott McDonald (Motherwell).

Attempt saved. Scott McDonald (Motherwell) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Scott McDonald replaces Joe Chalmers.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Josh Windass replaces Jon Toral.

Booking

Joe Chalmers (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt blocked. Michael O'Halloran (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Lee Wallace (Rangers).

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