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.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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