Published: 31/01/2013 07:04 - Updated: 31/01/2013 07:08

Draper driven in quest for cup progress

Inverness CT midfielder Ross Draper.
Inverness CT midfielder Ross Draper.

ROSS Draper insists Caley Thistle can turn pain back to pride as they target the William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-finals.

Inverness CT, who lost 2-1 at St Mirren on Wednesday night, travel to Kilmarnock on Saturday for the fifth round tie.

This comes just one week after that agonising penalty shoot-out defeat against Hearts in the semis of the Scottish Communities League Cup at Easter Road.

Central midfielder Draper, who has starred alongside Owain Tudur Jones this season, said: “The manager said in the changing room at Easter Road that sometimes you have to go through the tough times in order to appreciate the good times.

“We know we were never going to win both cups and the league, so we will lose games at times. The fact that we’ve only lost four games all season shows how well we’ve performed. When bad results come about it’s important to bounce back to winning ways.

“It’s important that, after losing the semi-final, we try to get through in the Scottish Cup. Games against Kilmarnock have been good recently, given the way both teams play.

“We want to go as far as we can in every competition we’re in and that means the league and the Scottish Cup now for us. We’ll take this tie seriously – we want our name in the draw for the quarter-finals.”

The former Macclesfield Town player was gutted to have seen team-mate Philip Roberts miss the vital shoot-out kick last weekend. He said: “We were disappointed. We missed out on a big opportunity in terms of the history for this club.

“Personally, I don’t think we performed nearly as well as we could, although we did have chances and that’s the frustrating part. We knew if we’d taken those opportunities we’d be in the final, but that’s how it goes at times.

“Penalties are not the ideal way to lose a game. Ideally, you would want a replay, but that’s how it is and I thought we were unlucky in the shoot-out.”

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