Falkirk manager Peter Houston admitted he was “absolutely gutted” for his players after they lost 2-1 to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in a dramatic Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park yesterday.
The Bairns equalised through a Peter Grant header late on only to conceed a second goal just minutes from full-time through James Vincent.
I have nothing but praise for the players. I’m absolutely gutted for themPeter Houston
Houston admitted John Hughes’ Caley team had enjoyed the better of the chances in the first half but added Falkirk had dominated the second period.
He refused to blame goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald after the veteran stopper could only parry Marley Watkins’ late shot, with the ball falling to Vincent to tap in the winner.
“First half, Inverness were comfortable at 1-0,” Houston said. “We showed them maybe too much respect. I would like to congratulate them on a magnificent season and winning the cup.
“Second half we changed it about and began to believe in our selves. I thought we were dominant and put them under a lot of pressure. We got the equaliser, and, if I’m honest, I thought there was only one team going on to win it.
“There’s a couple of guys in tears in there over the goal we lost. David (McCracken) has slipped a wee bit, and Jamie was disappointed with his effort. But these guys have been superb for us.
“I have nothing but praise for the players. I’m absolutely gutted for them.”
Inverness boss John Hughes said he doubted his players would have had “enough left in the tank” if the game had gone to extra-time.