Scottish Football - Hughes wanted penalty

Inverness boss John Hughes claimed his side should have had a penalty as their quest for a first major trophy ended in a penalty shootout defeat to Aberdeen in the League Cup final at Celtic Park.

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Scottish Football - Hughes wanted penalty

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Hughes reckons Caley should have had a spot-kick with just minutes remaining of the 0-0 draw when Dons defender Andrew Considine grappled with Caley skipper Richie Foran at a corner.

The referee ruled differently and Aberdeen went on to be victorious after extra time and penalties.

"It might have been a different outcome because I felt we were denied a stonewall penalty with Richie Foran," Hughes said.

"It was a stonewaller, even from where I was in the dugout. You saw the reaction of my players, so that was disappointing.

"It is not sour grapes, I give all credit to Aberdeen and we rode our luck a bit when they hit the post but when it is a penalty, simple as that. It would have changed the game, I think we would have gone on to win it.

"But when it goes to penalty kicks it is anyone's match. I am disappointed for the boys but so proud of them. It could have been our day."

Hughes, though, dismissed an earlier Dons claim for a penalty when Adam Rooney went to ground after a challenge by Caley defender Josh Meekings.

He said: "That was a dive. But I am not having a go at the referee. I thought it was a good football match."

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