Hibernian: Striker Martin Boyle says side lost "one-sided" semi

Hibs striker Martin Boyle was cup-tied for the Scottish Cup semi-final.
Hibs striker Martin Boyle was cup-tied for the Scottish Cup semi-final

Hibernian striker Martin Boyle said his side lost "the most one-sided match I've ever watched" in the Scottish Cup semi-final defeat to Falkirk.

Craig Sibbald's goal ensured the Easter Road men's misery extends to 113 years since they won the Cup.

Now they must pick themselves up as they continue the battle for promotion from the Scottish Championship.

"I can't fault the commitment and the way they played, it was just that sucker punch at the end," said Boyle.

"Everything we did was positive, we just couldn't get the ball in the back of the net.

"It's probably the most one-sided match I've ever watched but that's what happens when you don't take your chances."

Hibs now travel to relegation-threatened Livingston on Wednesday, trailing second placed Rangers by four points.

Boyle, who missed the semi-final through being cup-tied from playing for Dundee in the competition, said: "The main aim is to win promotion and the Cup was just a bonus along the way, so we pick ourselves up and go again.

"Livingston are fighting for their lives and it's going to be a battle. They've had a few good results lately.

"If we play our normal game there is no doubt we can pick up the points.

"Hopefully we can put nine points on the board with three wins and see where that takes us."

Falkirk defeated Hibernian 1-0 in the Scottish Cup semi-final
Falkirk defeated Hibernian 1-0 in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden on Saturday

Manager Alan Stubbs said the Cup loss can help galvanise his team ahead of the remaining league games and the end-of-season play-offs.

"Yes, Saturday was doom and gloom. But it's time to refocus again," said Stubbs, who will be without the suspended Scott Allan and injured pair David Gray and Keith Watson.

"We spoke about it making us stronger as a group, and I'm glad that we've got a game on Wednesday.

"Promotion, that's how you pick the players up - if that's not a pick-me-up, I don't know what is.

"In football, when something doesn't go your way, you have to respond. We've got the biggest pot of all still attainable to us. At the start of the season our main goal was promotion then after that we'd like to do well in one of the cups.

"We reached a quarter-final and a semi final and we're third in the league - we're doing all right."