Next Game

Inverness v Motherwell

Saturday, 01 August 2015, 15:00

Scots Prem

Last Game

FC Astra 0 - 0 Inverness

Thursday, 23 July 2015, 19:00

Europa League Qual Second Round

Hughes hails Inverness heroes

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes heaped praise on his side after they defied the odds in heroic fashion to reach the Scottish League Cup final.

Last Updated: 03/02/14 at 07:42 Post Comment

John Hughes: 'Someone up there likes me and the boys thoroughly deserve it&#

John Hughes: 'Someone up there likes me and the boys thoroughly deserve it&#

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Caley Thistle were down to nine men and losing 2-1 to Hearts when Nick Ross spun to poke home the equaliser deep into stoppage time at Easter Road.

They went on to hold out for the 30 minutes of extra time before Ross Draper shook the cramp from his legs to nonchalantly tuck away the winning penalty and book a final date with Aberdeen on 16 March.

"It is nothing to do with me. It is these boys and all we do is try to organise them," said Hughes, who was taking Inverness to their first major Cup final.

"Someone up there likes me and the boys thoroughly deserve it.

"I have to say I don't think Gary Warren's first one was a yellow card and I don't think Josh Meekings was a red card. It could make it a bit of a lottery in the final with our two centre-halves missing."

Inverness goalkeeper Dean Brill, who saved two penalties in the shoot-out, said: "It was nine versus 11, people out of position, backs to the wall, but the boys stuck at it and what a brilliant finish.

"For a goalkeeper, the pressure is off in penalty kicks and we said before it - what will be will be. It is massive for the club and a bit of history.

"It was hard for the fans to come so far to make the kick-off and it's great for them.

"No fears, it is a cup final. We have had three tough games against Aberdeen, but we're really looking forward to it."

Hearts had beaten Inverness on penalties in their League Cup semi-final last season, and manager Gary Locke said: "It is very cruel, but we've only got ourselves to blame. We had the ball in the corner with a minute to go and, instead of keeping it there, we lose it and they go up and score.

"It was a great opportunity to get to a final. In extra time, we had to move the ball quicker and in wide areas. It was a very sore one to take. If we had just seen the game out, we'd be in the final right now.

"We did great to get ourselves back in the game and should have seen the game out. We got the better of Inverness on penalties last season and it's their turn now."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Andre Pirlo backs Liverpool's Mario Balotelli to prove his potential

Andrea Pirlo thinks Mario Balotelli can still be one of the "top forwards in Europe" despite his struggles at Liverpool.

West Brom reject approach from Aston Villa for Joleon Lescott

West Brom have rejected an approach from Aston Villa for central defender Joleon Lescott, according to reports.

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla sign new deals with Arsenal

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla have signed new contracts at Arsenal.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company