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Rangers begin Sydney Festival with win over Blackburn

Boss Walter Smith was pleased see Rangers open their Sydney Festival of Football account with a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers. Goals from Maurice Edu and Kenny Miller were enough to hand the SPL champions a well-deserved victory.

The Gers could have been out of sight of Rovers by the time David Dunn pulled back a penalty in the second period.

Smith told the club's official website: "I'm pleased with the result and I think we played very well at the start of the game and in the first half especially.

"In the first 20 minutes or so, we knocked the ball about well and finished strongly towards half time too.

"After the break, we only had a little spell in the middle where we kept reasonable possession of the ball and we showed little bits of tiredness.

"Of course, we could have gone 3-0 up but we're still pleased with how things went and we're delighted to get an outing like the one we had today.

"Blackburn are very good at pinning teams back and they did that very well in the second half but we coped with it.

"We're getting up to a level of competitiveness we need - we had that today and hopefully the other games we play in will be very similar."

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