Pena scores twice as Rangers win at St Johnstone

From BBC - October 13, 2017

Carlos Pena scored twice as Rangers secured victory over 10-man St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership.

Pena fired in James Tavernier's cross to put the visitors ahead shortly after goalkeeper Wes Foderingham had denied Saints' Graham Cummins.

The hosts had Steven Anderson sent off for two bookings before Pena headed home another Tavernier delivery.

And Graham Dorrans struck to round off the win for Pedro Caixinha's side, who move three points clear of Saints.

Tommy Wright's team, who are fourth, sustain successive defeats in the league for the first time this season.

Rangers were again without Kenny Miller, who had returned to training with the first team after missing the win over Hamilton Academical following a fall-out with Caixinha. Miller did not travel to Perth, with the manager putting Miller's absence down to injury.

St Johnstone had not beaten Rangers at McDiarmid Park in the league for over seven years and early evidence suggested they were keen to change that by trying to unsettle the Rangers defence at early corners.

But Rangers responded well with Pena through goal only for Murray Davidson to save Saints with a tackle.

The Ibrox side might have done better with a free-kick after Davidson had fouled Alfredo Morelos. But, instead of having a go at goal, the visitors tried something different with a short ball to Declan John and any danger was quickly snuffed out.

At the other end St Johnstone had a great opportunity when Davidson's pass sent Cummins through at great pace but his effort was well blocked by Foderingham.


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