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Fans expect us to win and we must deal with that pressure: Forrester

Rangers 1 Dundee 0

By Gavin McCafferty

Published 21/11/2016

Late show: Harry Forrester is mobbed by team-mates after scoring Rangers’ added-time winner
Late show: Harry Forrester is mobbed by team-mates after scoring Rangers’ added-time winner

Rangers match-winner Harry Forrester insisted he was comfortable dealing with frustration from the stands at Ibrox after lifting the supporters with an added-time winner against Dundee.

Forrester glanced home fellow substitute Joe Dodoo's cross to earn Rangers a 1-0 victory and keep them one point behind second-placed Aberdeen in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

Rangers started and finished the game well but Dundee frustrated their hosts for long spells in between, restricting their chances and creating several of their own.

The home support made their feelings known, notably when Mark Warburton took off the impressive Josh Windass, later stressing he needed to ease the midfielder up towards a 90-minute contribution following an injury-disrupted start to the season.

But just as the visitors looked to have weathered a late storm, Forrester notched his third goal in as many games against Dundee.

"The crowd help us so much," the former Doncaster player said. "Sometimes they expect us to do better than we are doing obviously, and we sense that.

"But as professionals we have got to deal with that.

"We know what it's like, that at Rangers we are expected to win, and we expect to win. And if we are not doing the job that we need to be doing, we know we are going to be told."

Forrester has only started five league games so far this season but he refuses to get frustrated.

"Everyone at the club wants to play as many minutes as possible," the 25-year-old said.

"At the moment it's from the bench, and as a squad player you know you have got to accept that.

"There are 23 of us at the moment and the manager picks his 11 to go out there. Whether it's from the bench or from the start, I will do the job that's called upon."

For Dundee, the pain of conceding the late goal was exacerbated by the fact it sent them back to the foot of the table after consecutive wins over Hamilton and Motherwell had lifted them off.

But manager Paul Hartley said: "We're not too worried about that if we keep performing like that. We have shown over the last month that we're a different team now.

"We've got some good games coming up that we can get some points from, but we have got to keep working like that and work even harder."

Defender Darren O'Dea also feels Dundee are on the right track.

"As a team we're a different animal than we were a few weeks ago," the Irishman said. "We look so solid, we don't look like we are going to concede, and we had our chances.

"When we were on a bad run, the problem wasn't losing to Celtic and Hearts, it was not beating the teams who are around us.

"We have Inverness next week who are doing well at the minute, but they are the games we are expected to win."

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