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 loved classic cup-tie

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes enjoyed a classic cup-tie even though his side escaped a cup shock at Scottish League One club Stranraer in a 2-2 draw.

Last Updated: 08/02/14 at 19:15 Post Comment

John Hughes: Enjoyed every minute of cup-tie

John Hughes: Enjoyed every minute of cup-tie

More of the games that matter

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

Aaron Doran opened the scoring for the Highlanders but the League Cup finalists needed a 74th-minute headed goal from Billy Mckay to secure a fifth-round replay.

Hughes bemoaned his side failing to build on their 40th-minute lead but he added: "I loved every single minute of the match. Credit to Stranraer, they just about managed to pull it off.

"But once again we don't do anything easy at Inverness. We showed character to come back from it and dug deep to equalise.

"Apart from one of two breakaways I thought we hemmed them in and we might have scored one or two goals. That might have been a bit hard on Stranraer though. They deserve their replay."

Despite having no complaints about the penalty award, for Graeme Shinnie's foul on Martin Grehan, the Caley Thistle manager was not happy with the way his side conceded.

"We gave them two goals," he said. "The penalty and the breakaway. They were really clinical with their finishing. There's a bit of me saying: 'Really well done, Stranraer'. The tie is not over."

Stranraer manager Stevie Aitken thought his side would have earned a place in the next round if they had held on to their lead slightly longer.

Grehan netted from the spot-kick on the stroke of half-time and Jamie Longworth struck his 20th goal of the season with an emphatic finish but the Scottish Premiership side were level two minutes later when McKay converted Richie Foran's cross.

Aitken said: "I thought we gave a great account of ourselves against a really good side. To match them over 90 minutes was pleasing.

"I thought that if we held on another 10 minutes without losing a goal then we might have been able to get to the finishing line.

"I can't complain too much but to lose it the way we did was frustrating, I thought we gave them a soft goal."

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

Digne agent denies Liverpool talks

Lucas Digne's agent has denied reports he has held talks with Liverpool regarding a move to Anfield for the Paris Saint-Germain left-back.

Mourinho scuppered Reds' Costa move

A new biography has revealed how Jose Mourinho scuppered Liverpool's bid to sign Diego Costa - a year before he arrived in west London.

Ramos 'extends' Real Madrid contract

Manchester United's pursuit of Sergio Ramos is over after the centre-back agreed a new contract extension at Real Madrid.

Mail Box

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...

Getting Tired Of De Gea's Disrespect

One Manchester United fan is growing weary of David de Gea's disrespect. Plus thoughts on Southampton's summer, Balotelli loan, and Depay in the centre. Why?

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