Dodds hails 'magnificent' Inverness after Hampden heroics to reach final

Billy McKay scored twice as Inverness earned a place in the final.

Dodds hails ‘magnificent’ Inverness after Hampden heroics to reach Scottish Cup final SNS Group

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Billy Dodds has hailed his side after they defeated Falkirk at Hampden to reach the Scottish Cup final.

The Highland side are now aiming to be the first Championship club to win the tournament since Hibernian in 2016 after the 3-0 win on Saturday.

Inverness last win the trophy in 2015 and they will be hoping for a repeat when they come up against Rangers or Celtic, who they have famously defeated three times in the Scottish Cup in the last 25 years, in June.

Billy Dodds is now preparing his side, who are also in contention for a play-off spot as they bid for promotion, for a return to Glasgow for the showpiece event.

And speaking after the game the former Scotland striker hailed his players but also gave credit to Falkirk for their part in the occasion.

He said: “They were magnificent, especially as the game went on.

“It’s never straight forward, I have to credit Falkirk, I thought they were really good first half and caused us problems with their diamond and we didn’t pass the ball as well as we could.

“But we got the goal, we were ruthless. It was only part of my pre-match plan that did go to plan when we got the two first half goals. We never created much, but I thought the times we did we pass the ball we always looked capable of hurting them and I asked them for more of it.

“But credit to Falkirk, they missed a big chance, it’s never straight forward but as the game went on I was more confident in the boys, I though they were really good second half.

“I said to them at half-time about the importance of getting the next goal, and I thought they were tremendous. I really did.”

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