Scottish Premier League

Templeton pleased with brace

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Sun, 17 Feb 2013 15:00:00

Brentford boss Uwe Rosler felt Chelsea's 4-0 win in Sunday's FA Cup fourth round replay was a harsh result for his side.

The Bees impressed in the original tie, and put on an equally impressive opening 45 minutes at Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea improved as the second half went on with goals from Juan Mata, Oscar, Frank Lampard and John Terry.

And Rosler insisted the result was not a true reflection of the contest.

"I think we did very well, I think we made their life very difficult," he said.

"It's disappointing that they scored (the first goal through Juan Mata) from a long kick and a shot from outside the box.

"It was a little disappointing the scoreline in the end was four, not really reflecting the game."

During the clash Bees captain Jonathan Douglas was caught on the ankle by a late and high tackle from Gary Cahill, while David Luiz body-checked substitute Jake Reeves.

While Benitez saw nothing wrong with the challenges, Rosler was still to see replays of the incidents.

Rosler said: "The player (Luiz) came into our dressing room, he spoke to Jake. I think that's a fantastic gesture.

"Jake Reeves is fine. He wanted to continue, but our medical staff said it's better not to. He will be okay next week."

On Cahill's tackle on Douglas, Rosler said: "I saw it in a split second. My first reaction was no complaint."

Rosler had no complaint either when Marcello Trotta had an effort ruled out after 39 minutes, referee having already blown for a Luiz foul on Adam Forshaw.

Commenting on the decisions made by referee Neil Swarbrick, Rosler added: "Overall I would not complain about the referee. For me, the referee has not decided the game today, but with a little bit more fortune, we could've had the lead. That is what you need in games like that.

"Rafa paid my players a lot of respect in putting out a very strong team. I didn't expect it.

"We had very good shape. At periods Chelsea were running out of ideas.

"The scoreline doesn't really reflect the game over big parts.

"We got too loose, too early. They punished us."

The winger contributed with two superb goals as Rangers claimed a convincing 4-1 win to maintain their 22-point advantage at the summit of the Scottish Third Division.

Templeton now has four doubles since joining the Light Blues from Hearts in August including two goals on his debut but he believes his latest efforts top the lot.

He said: "That's definitely the best double I've scored.

"I've not had many doubles in my career but that has to rank up there as my best one.

"It's good to score nice goals but its more important to get the win."

Templeton's previous best goal tally for a season was back in 2005-06 at Stenhousemuir when he netted eight times and he has already crashed through that barrier this term.

He added: "I was looking to score more goals this season and I've got 11 at Rangers now and 13 all together.

"It's the most I've scored in a season and I'm delighted."

Despite earning the plaudits against Clyde, Templeton admits he was not having the best of days until his 30-yard strike hit the back of the net a minute before the break.

He said: "In the first half I wasn't playing well at all. I kept giving the ball away too easily.

"I ended up trying to do the simple things and even that wasn't coming off for me.

"The goal gave me a boost and, in the second half, I managed to come out and do a lot better."

Kevin Watt pulled a goal back for Clyde early in the second half but the outcome never looked in doubt with Andy Little also on the score-sheet twice.

The Northern Irishman has relished the opportunity to lead the line recently and also bagged a double against Queens Park last week.

Templeton believes wresting the jersey from Little will be a hard task when others return from injury.

He said: "If you're playing up front and scoring goals, there is no reason to change it.

"I'm sure that every time Andy gets chances, he will score.

"He's a good finisher and you could see that with his second goal. It was a great turn and finish from him."

Templeton was also on target in a 3-0 win over Clyde at Ibrox earlier in the season.

And Bully Wee boss Jim Duffy said: "Templeton seems to save his great goals for us. They were two phenomenal goals he scored to be fair.

"They are two magnificent strikes but in the context of the game Rangers played well and, from our point of view, it was really just about hanging in there."

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