ST JOHNSTONE hammered Hibs 3-0 in the Betfred League Cup semi-final at Hampden yesterday.
It was no surprise both managers were in distinctly contrasting moods at the end of a remarkable contest that sees the Perth outfit now awaiting the winners of today’s last-four encounter between St Mirren and Livingston to see who they face in the silverware showpiece.
Asked where the win ranked in his career, Saints chief Callum Davidson, speaking to Sky Sports News, answered: “I don’t know. Ask me after the Final and I’ll tell you. It’s just a game to get to the Final, that’s how I see it.
“I’m really proud of the players, I’m happy for the club and the supporters – albeit they couldn’t be here – and it gives some sort of cheer in difficult times.
“Hopefully, the people of Perth and supporters around the world can tune in for the Final and we can give them something to cheer about then.
“When the Old Firm fall out the competition you have got to try and take a chance. All we have done is give ourselves the chance to win the trophy. I said that to the players, we were brilliant, enjoy it, but make sure when we go to the Final you win the Cup.”
Disappointed Easter Road gaffer Jack Ross said: “I’m angry at the manner in which we played in the last 35 minutes. We were far too meek in terms of taking an opportunity to get to a Final.
“To balance that out, I thought we were good first-half and didn’t deserve to be behind. But we were, so we had to retain our discipline in all aspects of our game and we didn’t do that.
“We spoke at half-time about continuing to do the same things because we had created a lot. But we didn’t because our reaction to conceding the second goal was nowhere near good enough.
“At two you still have a decent opportunity, but we conceded the third because we got so ragged in our play and then it gets incredibly difficult.”
The McDiarmid Park outfit put themselves on course for a first League Cup triumph with their rollicking victory.
Headed goals from Jason Kerr and Shaun Rooney either side of half-time put Saints in command after their opponents had dominated the opening half-hour and hit the frame of the goal twice.
Craig Conway added a third to leave little doubt about the outcome.
The Hampden win gives Davidson the chance to emulate Tommy Wright in winning silverware in his first season in charge. That 2014 Scottish Cup success remains the only major trophy in St Johnstone’s history.
Hibs will have to bounce back from a second semi-final defeat inside three months, having lost to Hearts in the delayed latter stages of last season’s Scottish Cup.
They face Premiership pacesetter Rangers, 5-0 victors over Ross County yesterday, in Edinburgh in midweek.