Raith Rovers boss Grant Murray admitted that his team had no answers to Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s style of football after the Scottish Cup run came to a disappointing end on Tuesday night.
Rovers managed to restrict the high-flying Highlanders to a narrow 1-0 win in the quarter-final clash, but the hosts dominated the match from start to finish leaving Murray with no complaints afterwards.
“We’ve came up against a very good Premier League side that made us work,” he said.
“They are not third in the top division because they are lucky - they are a good side.
“We found it really hard to deal with the amount of bodies they were flooding forward.
“They had two full backs bombing on and also had that bit of protection with big Draper sitting in the middle of the park.
“Our wide players ended up becoming virtually like full backs. It then becomes difficult to get up the pitch.
“We passed ourselves up the pitch a few times and got a couple of balls across the front of the goal but nothing really that was going to hurt them.
“We had a couple at the end but our out and out efforts at goal were at a minimum.
“The amount of defending we had to do took its toll and the bottom line is we’re out the cup.”
Murray felt his side defended well in the match but was disappointed to concede from a corner kick.
“We’ve switched off from a set piece and that’s what’s cost us in the end,” he said.
“There was a lot of crosses and shots coming in, but we had defended them well as a whole team.
“Give or take the one that hit the bar in the first half, we’ve handled it fair enough.
“It’s just disappointing that for all the pressure they put us under, it was a set piece that killed us.”
Murray was disappointed to see another cup run come to an end at the quarter-final hurdle, but is keen to see the team continue its good form in the league.
“It’s been a good run in the cup,” he said. “There’s been some difficult games and some good games.
“The reason we were up in Inverness was because we merited it. Now it’s a case of picking ourselves back up for another difficult journey down at Queen of the South.”