It was truly a gutting defeat to get within two minutes of a precious point towards Premier League safety.
But Rangers fans paid tribute to the Rs midfield against Chelsea, with Joey Barton topping the bill, and Matt Phillips and Sandro right behind.
Rangers can take heart from coming so close, even if they took no points, and there were plenty who put in a shift.
Behind the midfield, Nedum Onuoha and Steven Caulker's sterling work got due apprecation. Now, all Rs need is some points to go with the perspiration.