Hughes 'proud' of beaten ICT

Beaten manager John Hughes remained upbeat, despite seeing his side lose in the final of the Scottish League Cup to Aberdeen.

Last Updated: 16/03/14 at 20:37 Post Comment

After 120 minutes without a goal, the Dons edged out Inverness 4-2 on penalties to claim their first piece of silverware in 19 years.

Although disappointed at missing out on winning at Parkhead, Hughes told Sky Sports News: "There's no finger to point at anyone.

"We were organised, had a good game plan and our team shape was very, very good.

"Although we should have been a little bit better on the counter attack and given quicker support to Billy McKay - which wasn't the case.

"But to take on a club the size of Aberdeen and silence the supporters the way we did and take them to penalty kicks, you could have been talking to the winning manager - but unfortunately that's football."

However, Hughes believes his side should have been awarded a penalty late on when Dons defender Andrew Considine grappled with Richie Foran.

He added: "It might have been a different outcome because I felt we were denied a stonewall penalty.

"It was a stonewaller, even from where I was in the dugout. You saw the reaction of my players, so that was disappointing.

"It is not sour grapes, I give all credit to Aberdeen and we rode our luck a bit when they hit the post but when it is a penalty, simple as that.

"It would have changed the game, I think we would have gone on to win it.

"But when it goes to penalty kicks it is anyone's match. I am disappointed for the boys but so proud of them. It could have been our day."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

es, these stats are right. Rio Ferdinand definitely had a better debut than Fernando.

that man
Top Ten Debutants From Opening Weekend...

I

know it's only one game, and Arsenal have got an amazing midfield as is; but seriously, is Arsene Wenger the only person on Earth who doesn't want Cesc at their club?

Ezy_Rider
Top Ten Debutants From Opening Weekend...

P

S - 'Squeezes [English] out of his mouth like it's an elastic band he's found in his lamb bhuna' - bravo. Marvellous stuff

Ezy_Rider
Football Managers On TV: Paul Lambert

Footer 365

Roy Hodgson says England youngsters should try their luck overseas in future

Roy Hodgson feels future generations of England stars would benefit from going overseas rather than being bit-part players at home.

Transfer news: Jordan Rhodes subject of transfer bid from Hull City

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer has revealed Hull City have made a bid for the club's prolific striker Jordan Rhodes.

Crystal Palace interested in Chelsea's international head coach Dermot Drummy

Crystal Palace have contacted Chelsea's international head coach Dermot Drummy as they continue to search for a new manager, Sky sources understand.

Mail Box

Man United Fans Clutching At Straws

While the focus is on Liverpool's move for Mario Balotelli, one Man United fan tries to convince the mailbox with nine reasons why Angel Di Maria would prefer them to PSG...

Rojo Is A Better Signing Than Hummels

There's some big talk in the morning mailbox, which claims that Man United were right to sign Marcos Rojo instead of Mats Hummels. Plus, one Gooner's happy Arteta's out...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property