Saturday 8th March 2014

SONS gaffer Ian Murray did not hide his disappointment about not getting something out of their Scottish Cup quarter final at Aberdeen – but his main message was a positive one for the rest of the season.

“If the players didn’t believe they could teach the [promotion] playoffs before today, they should now,” he told the gathered press after a bruising, stimulating encounter at Pittodrie.

“They can be proud of themselves for having put in a very professional performance this afternoon,” the manager added.

“They gave a good account of themselves, and obviously we have to try to do that every game of the season

“We must show this level of determination week in and week out for the rest of the league campaign. We need to keep picking up points, and then we’ll see where we are at the end.”

Commenting further afterwards, Murray declared: “I thought we were magnificent at the back and we have great confidence going forward for that play-off place.

“I knew in the summer how good a squad we had and in January we strengthened it again.

“I’m disappointed with the scoreline, losing 1-0 to a set play, just after we had a good chance to go ahead ourselves.

“But in terms of performance, work rate and commitment the players were magnificent from the first minute to the last, none more so than Paul McGinn getting into the box with a minute to go and heading over the bar. We put up a great show.”

More reaction, photos and report now available online.

Simon Barrow

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