Post-match reaction to Inverness' 2-0 victory over Stranraer.
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Stranraer boss Steven Aitken could not fault his side's effort after they put in a battling display in a 2-0 defeat to Inverness in the Scottish Cup fifth-round replay at a sodden Caledonian Stadium.
Goals from Nick Ross and Aaron Doran earned Inverness a quarter-final date with Dundee United in the Highlands at the beginning of March.
Having deposed of Scottish Premiership opposition already this season, the Blues, who had a 500-mile round trip from Stair Park, did not disgrace themselves and may well have fancied their chances against Caley.
But aside from Steven Bell's long-range effort, Aitken knew his side did not create enough opportunities.
"I'm proud of my players and I cannot fault their effort," he said. "Unfortunately they just came up short.
"It was disappointing to lose the early goal as we had spoken all week in our preparation about the need to start well.
"The players could have thrown in the towel but credit to them because they battled back.
"If Steven's effort goes in we probably could have walked off. But credit to Inverness, they were solid in the final third and we wish them all the best in the next round."
The victory against the League One part-timers marked John Hughes' first home win as manager of Inverness.
The former Hibs and Falkirk boss concedes it was not his side's best display but is happy to be in the next round.
"The carrot of the game against Dundee United was there before the game," he said. "We're happy to be through.
"We maybe didn't play as well as we could have but you have to give credit to Stranraer. They were really well organised and passed the ball well.
"I was pleased with the impact of Marley (Watkins) and Aaron (Doran) when they came on because I thought they were our best players on Saturday. Sometimes it is hard to get into the game off the bench.
"Dean Brill has also made a top save and he's in really good form right now.
"He's a big character in the dressing room and he's shown great concentration levels to make that save because he's not had a lot to do all game."