Devante Cole knows Rangers will prove a tough test for Motherwell this weekend – but he says Graham Alexander’s style will give them the building blocks for success.
The striker scored his second goal since returning to Fir Park on Saturday as the Well drew 1-1 with St Mirren. A controversial penalty scored by Jamie McGrath after a Bevis Mugabi foul on Lee Erwin handed the Buddies a point, Rangers the next task for Motherwell who haven’t won in 11 games.
Cole says referee Bobby Madden ‘crumbled’ at the weekend as he rates his side’s Rangers chances: “It’s always nice to get a goal. It gave us something to build on. It should have given us the three points as well.
“The ref’s crumbled, if I’m honest. There’s no contact – it’s a dive. It’s unlucky for us but we’ve just got to move on and bounce back from it. It’s very frustrating to lose two points on a decision like that. If that penalty hadn’t been given then they weren’t creating anything, were they?
“We’d have come away with a 1-0 win and that’s how it should have been. Yes, there were positive signs but, after 11 games without a win, there’s only so long you can go on saying that.
“There were a number of games during that run where we should have taken all three points, not just this one. I’m just hoping that we’ve drawn a line after this and that we can now just move on. Rangers will be tough because they haven’t dropped too many points this season but we’ve just got to put in the same kind of performance as we did against St Mirren and see how that goes.”
Cole is in his second stint at Fir Park after being brought back to the club by Stephen Robinson. But now a new era awaits the striker after the Northern Irishman’s resignation, Graham Alexander in charge now.
His style of play will play to Cole’s strengths as he thanked his former manager: “It’s a good start for the new gaffer but it should have been three points. You know what it’s like when a new man comes in – everyone wants to impress him but he’s only been here a day and he’s trying to impose his style on us already.
“That might take a few weeks or so as we get used to him but we’ll kick on from here. I played against his teams a few times but I’ve not played under him before so I wasn’t that aware of him – you’re playing against different managers all the time.
“But although he’d only been here for 24 hours he still managed to pass on a few thoughts to us about what he wants but we’ll find out what’s really on his mind in the week to come. He wants to play an expansive game and that’s ideal for me – he wants us to get goals and that’s what we want as well.
“A big part of coming back here for me was that Stephen Robinson was here. He showed a lot of faith in me but it’s now a case of adjusting to what another manager wants.”
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