McInnes told Reds: ‘Don’t buy into this lottery of penalty kicks’ cliche

Dons boss Derek McInnes today hailed his penalty shoot-out heroes and challenged them to lift the Scottish Cup for the first time since 1990.

Aberdeen booked a Hampden semi-final slot against Motherwell on Saturday, April 14, after edging past Kilmarnock 3-2 on penalties.

On-loan Newcastle United keeper Freddie Woodman was the hero with three saves in a dramatic climax.

Aberdeen lost the Scottish Cup final last season to Celtic and McInnes urged his side to go one better by lifting the trophy.

However, the nerve-jangling win at Rugby Park came at a cost as three players picked up bookings that will rule them out of the semi.

Skipper Graeme Shinnie, Kenny McLean and Shay Logan are all suspended for the Hampden clash.

McInnes said: “We are looking to get to another final now and if we can get to three finals in two years that is good shooting for Aberdeen.

“And hopefully this time we can go all the way.

“Hopefully we find a way to win against Motherwell who have experience of being in a final (League Cup) already this season.

“I don’t think there will be much in that game, but hopefully we can get the result that will take us back to Hampden for another final.

“This is our sixth semi-final in five years.

“This club struggled to even get to a semi-final for a long time.

“We will try to use the experience we have from those semis when going into that game with Motherwell.”

Captain Shinnie, McLean and substitute Greg Stewart all netted their penalties with Niall McGinn rattling the crossbar.

Woodman saved superbly from Eamonn Brophy, Greg Taylor and Greg Kiltie to book a slot at the national stadium.

Prior to the shoot-out McInnes told his squad not to buy into the cliche of the “lottery” of penalty kicks.

“I had a list of the first five and was confident …read more

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