LEE WALLACE believes Rangers’ patience and superior fitness paid off in the end as Motherwell were defeated in the Scottish Cup at Ibrox yesterday.

Trailing by a goal-to-nil going into the last five minutes, Kenny Miller struck twice to knock Mark McGhee’s men out of the competition and send Gers into this afternoon’s draw in Airdrie.

Wallace was well aware the Steelmen were coming to frustrate Gers, and praised his teammates for not getting frustrated by their gameplan.

Speaking to RangersTV.tv, he explained: “You could see by the team sheet, so we knew that, and we felt that as the game progressed. Early-on and as the game progressed you could see their intentions to maybe catch us on the break and maybe get something from a set-play.

“So we knew that, and we had it all last year, and the guys who were here had experienced that albeit in the Championship. It is about us being patient, not being reckless and moving the ball quickly.

“We know later on in the game these teams will tire, and I felt they did that as even after the goal we were still going strong and there were a couple of chances after the goal and we were able to keep going and going and our fitness showed in the end which was great.”

Gers now face Motherwell again on Saturday in the Scottish Premiership, and on that game, Wallace added: “That was our first step back into competitive football after the break, and now we go to their place next week and get the league campaign back up and running. We are looking forward to that, and as always, we will look at this game, assess things, see what we can do better and we will keep moving forward in a positive fashion.”

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