DEREK McINNES hailed his Aberdeen players’ spirit and expertise following their 6-5 penalty-kick triumph over Hibs in last night’s Betfred League Cup quarter-final at Easter Road.
The game was locked at 0-0 following extra-time before the Edinburgh side’s substitute Thomas Agyepong thumped his effort against the crossbar to seal his team’s fate after both keepers had saved one each.
Dons boss McInnes admitted: “When it goes to extra-time and penalties, it doesn’t become about just being a good footballer, it becomes about so much more.
“I’ve never been one to buy into this ‘it’s a lottery, penalty-kicks’. It’s not. It’s technique, it’s mental strength, courage to take that kick and be confident with it, and I thought we were very good.
“When you have a goalkeeper such as Joe Lewis, you always feel confident, anyway.”
The Pittodrie No.1 put Neil Lennon’s side under pressure immediately when he saved the first spot-kick.