Date: 14th March 2016 at 9:12am
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But the Hibernian boss knows it wasn’t to be, but is looking for us to pick ourselves up and go again as we’ve still got a crucial end of season ahead on us….

Hibs in a cruel, cruel way (as it would have been for our opponents too of course) were beaten deep into injury-time by Ross County who lifted the League Cup with a two-one win on Sunday.

It goes without saying Alan Stubbs, with his post-match views that were carried by Sky Sports, said the players were ‘disappointed’ with the defeat a ‘big disappointment’ to him and them, he couldn’t hide that fact.

All are gutted by this final defeat to Ross, and the way we suffered it, but Stubbs knows we’ve still got ‘plenty to play for’ and have to pick ourselves up for our Scottish Cup replay with Inverness.

‘Today is a big disappointment, it would be wrong for me to say otherwise, especially in front of our fans who were magnificent and who turned up in numbers. The players are really disappointed as you would expect but they have so much still to play for.’

Michael Gardyne made the most of his chance to put Ross ahead in the first half but Liam Fontaine had us level at the end of the first half.

After we survived a disallowed goal, when the referee judged Brian Graham had fouled Mark Oxley as he headed home this left the game on for extra time until Alex Schalk’s dramatic last gasp winner.

Stubbs finished by saying how he feels for the players, he knows the disappointment of defeat in a final but we walk away with our heads held high but failure to create enough clear cut chances, and ‘contributing to our own downfall’ cost us.

‘The players have nothing to be ashamed of. I feel for them, it is never a nice thing to experience, losing it in the way they have done but that is the cruel side of cup finals I am afraid. We certainly played our part in the game, but unfortunately we have contributed to our downfall as well. We did great to get back into the game and I thought overall we looked in control of the game, but I just felt we didn’t create enough clear chances.’

It’ll be hard to pick ourselves up and come back from this defeat at Hampden Park but we’ve got to do it, not only to keep the Scottish Cup hopes alive but to, arguably more importantly, ensure we secure promotion via the end of season play-offs!

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