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Hibernian shock Rangers and close the gap to five points in Ladbrokes Championship

By Andy Newport

Published 02/11/2015

Break it up: Rangers' Martyn Waghorn and Hibernian's Fraser Fyvie have to be pulled apart by referee John Beaton
Break it up: Rangers' Martyn Waghorn and Hibernian's Fraser Fyvie have to be pulled apart by referee John Beaton

Rangers boss Mark Warburton admits his players were left fuming after Hibernian killed off their 100% start to the Ladbrokes Championship campaign.

Gers were looking to make it 12 wins out of 12 at Easter Road, but it was the Leith side who claimed a crucial 2-1 win to fire themselves back into the title hunt.

Hibs twice lost to their Ibrox foes inside the opening month of the season but are now just five points adrift after launching a stunning 11-match unbeaten streak after defeat to Warburton's men in August.

But the Englishman reckoned it was his team who deserved the points after an enthralling encounter in Edinburgh.

Jason Cummings fired the hosts ahead after 11 minutes before former Rangers defender Darren McGregor deflected Lee Wallace's strike into his own net just after the break.

Gers then hit the bar and post but could not find a second goal before Paul Hanlon made the most of keeper Wes Foderingham's mistake to head home the winner 17 minutes from time.

Warburton, who claimed his side were due a penalty when Lewis Stevenson barged into Jason Holt just three minutes in, said: "I think we'll play a lot worse than that this season and come away with three points.

"I've just seen the stats and we had 65 per cent possession. But we've got to take our chances - hitting the bar, hitting the post, cleared off the line, etc. We've got to put the game beyond doubt.

"The players are angry. If you've delivered a poor performance you don't get angry. But that wasn't a poor performance.

"How we haven't won the game of football, respectfully, I don't know."

But Hibs manager Alan Stubbs saw things differently, saying: "Mark's entitled to his opinion. But we've won the game and that's the most important thing.

"If you look at the chances we've had in the game we had opportunities to stretch the lead. So we deserve a little bit of credit.

"Rangers have had all the plaudits and rightly so. They have had a fantastic start but we're only five points behind them so we must have done something right."

The Ibrox side could have taken another big step towards automatic promotion with victory but Warburton is still content with his side's position.

He said: "We're only five points clear, that's the message to the players. Not in an arrogant way, if you'd said at the start of the season we'd played 12 and lost one, you've got 33 points and you're five clear, I think anyone would take it."

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