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What did Duncan Ferguson say after Inverness Caley Thistle went out of the Scottish Cup after defeat to Hibernian?


By Will Clark

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Goalmouth action. Picture: Callum Mackay..
Goalmouth action. Picture: Callum Mackay..

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Duncan Ferguson said his team gave Hibernian a game in the Scottish Cup fifth round clash but had no complaints with the final score as they fell to a 3-1 defeat.

After a goalless first half, Hibernian showed their superiority after the break as they went 3-0 up with goals from Myziane Maolida, Martin Boyle and Elian Youan.

Aaron Doran grabbed a consolation in injury time for Inverness as they exited the competition and will be in tomorrow's quarter final draw.

Hibs Nathan Moriah-Welsh and Caley's Max Anderson. Picture: Callum Mackay..
Hibs Nathan Moriah-Welsh and Caley's Max Anderson. Picture: Callum Mackay..

Ferguson felt Inverness had chances to score, but said they allowed Hibernian to score too easily.

He said: "We created one or two chances in the second half and hit the crossbar, we had chances.

"We had plenty of possession and we pushed them hard, but we are up against a good team and in the second half we gave them a couple easy goals and afterwards we struggled after that.

"It just didn't happen for us but we pushed and we played and got on the ball.

"We were brave, but they were strong on the counter attack any time that we tried to attack.

"They have a lot of pacey players and I was pleased with the performance, but the goals were unavoidable.

"But I can't complain too much as Hibernian are a good team."

Hibs Eliezer Mayenda and Caley's Cameron Harper. Picture: Callum Mackay..
Hibs Eliezer Mayenda and Caley's Cameron Harper. Picture: Callum Mackay..

Hibernian manager Nick Montgomery says it is never easy for a Premiership club to take on unknown opposition from the lower league, but was delighted they put in a professional job.

"It is never an easy cup tie to come here and I was really pleased with the boys effort.

"There are five new players that I brought in during January and i'm still getting boys fit.

"What I have lacked all the season is the impact off the bench and to make changes at half time is what I planned to do and play high intensity football and make changes as and when we needed."

Caley's Cameron Harper. Picture: Callum Mackay..
Caley's Cameron Harper. Picture: Callum Mackay..

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