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Stubbs: Play-off defeat was ‘cruel’

By May 13, 2016No Comments

Hibernian boss Alan Stubbs lamented the cruel nature of the defeat to Falkirk after they loss the Scottish Premiership play-off semi-final.

The Bairns took the lead through Blair Alston but a quick-fire double from James Keatings put Hibs in the driving seat after a 2-2 draw in the first leg.

But a stunning effort from all of 30 yards from Luke Leahy brought Falkirk back into the game before Bob McHugh netted with the last kick of the ball to send the Bairns fans into raptures.

It means they’ll face Kilmarnock for a place in the Premiership next season while Hibs will be in the Championship for at least another 12 months.

“I’m more disappointed for the players and the club as a whole. It’s a cruel way to lose any game but to lose it like that is obviously disappointing,” he said.

“I thought at 2-1 we were looking in control. I thought we had seemed to have grabbed hold of the game and it looked like the game was starting to drift away from Falkirk.

“The lad has had a great strike which has obviously given them a lift. We’d dealt well with all the throw ins into the box for the majority of the night but the most important one we haven’t.”

Stubbs insists despite another year without Premiership football he is confident the young quality players at Hibs’ disposal won’t want to move on.

“You look at the players we’ve brought to the club there is real assets there there’s some very gifted, young players there and we’ll have discussions with them over the coming weeks.

“But from day one we’ve had a clear pathway of what we want to do.

“Right now I don’t see many of them wanting to leave necessarily because of what’s happened I think that will drive them on even more.”

Falkirk boss Peter Houston lauded the character and spirit shown by his side to get themselves into the showdown with Killie.

“It’s not the first time we’ve shown that character and desire to go that extra yard. We could have sat on it and took to extra time but we wanted to go for it right to the end.

“We did it against St Mirren, Rangers – they never know when they are beat this team and that’s all credit to them.”

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