When you come off a game against Rangers and you're disappointed not to have all three points, it probably shows a level of performance. "I thought we were excellent first half. Second half, we scored then sat back a little bit too much but you're going to face that kind of quality. I'm not arguing. It was a penalty. "Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst: "We started well, created chances. One big chance with Scott Wright.
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Tavernier headed wide of Carson's goal before another Ayunga shot skimmed just wide at the other end. By recent standards, the influence of VAR had been rather absent until Kent hit the deck following Fraser's tackle. The winger was initially booked for simulation by referee Kevin Clancy, but a review of the challenge just inside the penalty box on the left-hand side reversed that decision and gave Tavernier the chance to level from the penalty spot. Carson guessed correctly and got a hand to the shot, but could not prevent it from finding the net.
The lengthy delays brought about by King's injury and the penalty review resulted in nine minutes of stoppage time, during which Kent forced a fine save by Carson and Jack headed straight at the goalkeeper from a corner. Player of the match - Jonah AyungaThe striker (second from left) took his goal well and gave the visitors a thoroughly uncomfortable afternoonFamiliar frailties cost Rangers once againIn the absence of Connor Goldson and Ben Davies, Rangers lined up with youngster King and midfielder James Sands in central defence. The makeshift partnership coped well enough in the first half but were badly caught out at the goal.
Asked if he expected to be given time to turn things around, Van Bronckhorst replied: "We have to see, it's still football and if you have a run like this, a lot of things can happen. "But I have the backing of the board. They gave me confidence but in football, you never know. "Rangers resume after the World Cup break in mid-December, with January the Dutchman's next opportunity to change his squad. "We have the squad as it is now, " he said. "We need to continue with the squad when we continue after the break.
But Rangers' failure was not entirely defensive, with the midfield and attack only fleetingly carving open the Buddies' back line. Van Bronckhorst has gone in to recent games without a clutch of first-team regulars and top scorer Antonio Colak was unavailable for the trip to Paisley. But, even with that backdrop, the stats do not look good for the Dutchman, with 12 points dropped from 15 league games - three more than Celtic have dropped in the whole of 2022. St Mirren manager Stephen Robinson had spoken pre-match about his desire to capitalise on the "physicality" of his front two. The hosts were unable to do that in the first half, despite a raft of set plays, but they only needed one chance in the end and Ayunga was only too willing to be in the right place at the right time. The post-match headlines will be dominated by Rangers' failings but St Mirren's pre-World Cup form deserves particular mention with six wins and three draws from 15 putting them on course for a top-six finish. What they saidSt Mirren manager Stephen Robinson: "Very proud of the boys.
A feature of recent Rangers matches has been goals conceded against the run of play, and it seemed inevitable St Mirren would punish the Ibrox side when Greg Kiltie got clear on the right to cross, but there were no takers in a crowded area. However, the home side did not have to wait too much longer as Ayunga pounced in the 47th minute. Declan Gallagher's long throw-in was flicked on by Curtis Main's head and Ayunga's initial shot forced a fine Allan McGregor save, but the forward was able to strike home after Leon King was unable to clear. King then took a head knock in a challenge with Main and the youngster was taken off on a stretcher, to be replaced by Ryan Jack. Van Bronckhorst later said King was "OK". A lethargy set in to Rangers' play, while St Mirren were vibrant whenever they sensed a chance to break at pace.
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