Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Davis in clear after Rangers penalty miss

Rangers manager Walter Smith has absolved Northern Ireland star Steve Davis of blame, despite his penalty miss in last night’s 4-1 Champions League thrashing at the hands of Romanian outfit Unirea Urziceni.

Davis saw his spot kick saved with the score at 1-1.

Instead Smith pointed a finger at his defenders, saying: “We did get the break for the penalty and we missed it. But, at the end of the day, it might have ended up 4-2 by the way the game was going.

“You are left looking at an overall performance where Unirea were probably better than we were over the game. Overall, it was a disappointing evening for us.”

Smith also branded the defeat one of his worst experiences in European football.

“It's a big bit of a low point at the present moment, never mind when I sit down and think about it,” Smith admitted.

Meanwhile, Gers midfielder Maurice Edu has claimed he was racially abused by “a couple” of his own club’s fans as he got into his car after the 4-1 hammering.

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