Hibernian head coach Alan Stubbs delighted by Scottish Cup triumph

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs
Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs

Hibernian head coach Alan Stubbs praised his side for a job well done after they booked a Scottish Cup semi-final berth with a 4-0 victory over Berwick Rangers.

Goals before the break from Jason Cummings and Lewis Stevenson and second-half strikes from Sam Stanton and Liam Fontaine set up a trip to Hampden next month.

The Easter Road outfit knew that defeat would represent one of the biggest shocks in a tournament they have infamously not won since 1902.

However, Stubbs was thrilled to see his purposeful players deny their League Two opponents a chance of an upset.

He said: “It was a professional job, from the first whistle to the last, even though we weren’t on our ‘A game’. I thought we were very professional.

“The goals in the first-half settled us down and, as long as we didn’t do anything silly or lose concentration, we always looked like we would score and add to our tally - and so it proved.

“Berwick deserve a lot of credit, they can hold their heads high. Coming here was always going to be a big ask. There is the romance of the cup, while they were still in it there is an opportunity to cause a shock, but we were determined it wasn’t going to be us.

“I’m never relaxed until the final whistle goes, I’ve been in football too long and know if you don’t do things right it will bite you on the bottom when you least expect it. But when the third one went in it was game over.”

Berwick were plucky in their resistance but failed to produce enough quality in the final third to seriously threaten a shock.

And Stubbs, a Scottish Cup winner with Celtic in 2001, was delighted to see his side give themselves a chance of ending 113 years of heartache for the club in the competition.

He added: “I’m delighted for the players because it’s not about me, it’s about them. They are the ones who cross that white line and deserve all the credit for getting there.

“The quarter-finals is a horrible position because you are so close - and so far.

“The next worst is the semi-final, because again you are so close to a major cup final. But the players have given themselves an opportunity and I honestly feel it’s one they will grab hold of.

“We are going to go and enjoy it and have a right good go.”