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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Sunday, 27 January, 2002, 15:59 GMT
Caley hero Tokely's Hearts-breaker
Caley players celebrate the victory over Hearts
Caley players celebrate the victory over Hearts
Hearts fan Ross Tokely put his allegiances to one side on Saturday to help Inverness Caley Thistle into the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup.

Tokely, who was let go by Hearts as a youngster, opened the scoring for the giant-killing Highlanders to set them on the road to a famous 3-1 victory.

Manager Steve Paterson heaped praise on the defender afterwards and revealed that Tokely's goal had proved to be a nice little earner.

"It was a great strike by Ross because it was with his left foot and he is right-sided," said Paterson.

"Ross is a big Hearts fan and so are all of his family and his dad had 20 quid on Ross to score first at 25-1, so he will be happy."


Inverness thoroughly deserve their victory and they scored three excellent goals
Craig Levein
Hearts manager
Paterson, who led Caley to the famous Scottish Cup victory over Celtic two years ago, insisted that the win over Hearts was almost as impressive.

"Caley will always be remembered for their giantkilling of Celtic, and this was another special moment in the club's history," he said.

"I rate this victory as almost on a par as the win over Celtic because we have lost seven players to other clubs since that night.

"We have had to bring in a number of new young players and I'm delighted that they can be a part of this moment in the club's history.

'Disappointed'

"Our supporters were incredible because they came down in large numbers and gave us tremendous vocal backing that inspired us to victory.

"I just hope that we can go on from here because this season has been about merely staying afloat financially and surviving in the First Division and it would be nice to really challenge for promotion to the Premier League in next season's First Division."

Hearts manager Craig Levein could not mask his disappointment but admitted his side had got what they deserved.

"Inverness thoroughly deserve their victory and they scored three excellent goals," he said.

"They defended very well and took their chances, but I expected more from us and I thought after we scored the equaliser at a vital time we would have built on that.

"We are very disappointed but we will have to lift ourselves and start to do well in the league again starting at Dunfermline."

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