Steven Gerrard has admitted that his substitutes may have cost Glasgow Rangers all three points against Benfica in the Europa League on Thursday.
Gerrard error of judgement
The Gers were 3-1 ahead going into the last 15 minutes, and it looked as though a famous win was on the cards. However, Rafa Silva and Darwin Nunez struck late on to earn their side a valuable point.
After the match, Gerrard was asked about his substitutions, and he admitted he may have made a mistake. He said:
“I think hindsight is a wonderful thing, but you don’t need to make changes to get control and order and becoming more solid and conservative on the pitch.”
“We didn’t need the full backs to go high and wide, we didn’t need to risk possession. We’ve got enough experience and enough defence minded players on the pitch to get better order and better game management. In hindsight, maybe.”
Hindsight is a wonderful thing
Gerrard was being asked specifically about why he didn’t introduce Leon Balogun. The Nigeria international would have offered more defensive stability for the Ibrox outfit if he had been brought in, and it may have been the difference in the end.
Scott Arfield, one of the players who was brought on, ended up costing the Gers with a terrible pass at the death which led to the equaliser. The Canada international is a player that can usually be relied upon – Gerrard will have been disappointed he was unable to secure the three points.
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So far this term, though, Rangers have not lost in 19 matches – Gerrard is allowed the odd mistake.
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