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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 February 2006, 18:27 GMT
Hughes backs goalkeeper Ferguson
Falkirk manager John Hughes
Hughes refused to blame his blundering goalkeeper
Falkirk head coach John Hughes absolved goalkeeper Allan Ferguson of any blame after crashing to a 5-1 defeat to Hibs in the Scottish Cup quarter-final.

He said: "There is no blame on any of my players. In fact, I'm proud of the way they went about their business.

"The reason I feel for Allan Ferguson is because I know how hard he works at his game. He is a fantastic goalkeeper.

"He has kept us in so many games in the past and, no doubt, in the future, he will keep us in games."

Ferguson spilled a Derek Riordan free-kick for the ninth-minute opener, before another blunder allowed Garry O'Connor to double the advantage in the second period.

The visitors went on to win 5-1 but Hughes was didn't think the scoreline was a true reflection of the game, saying: "Everything Hibs hit went in today.

"I've never seen a season like it, everything just seems to be going against us, but, to turn it around, we just have to keep working hard."


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