Higdon says rookies can hold heads high despite cup agony

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MICHAEL Higdon was devastated by Aberdeen’s late equaliser on Saturday, but paid tribute to his young team mates in defence for keeping the Dons at bay for so long.

Motherwell were just seconds from the fifth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup when Niall McGinn finally got the better of 19-year-olds Adam Cummins and Fraser Kerr to head past reserve goalkeeper Lee Hollis.

However Higdon, 10 years older than the two centre halves, believes the overall performance will stand them all in good stead for the future.

He said: “After losing a late equaliser at Pittodrie in September, for it to happen again on Saturday was a real kick in the teeth.

“I thought we deserved to go through, but it wasn’t meant to be and all the boys were gutted as it’s always tough to concede so late on.

“The two young boys, Cummins and Kerr, were excellent, particularly in the second half, as they dealt with all the high balls and Lee is an excellent goalkeeper who is always pushing Darren Randolph in training. We had no doubts about his ability to come in.

“It’s difficult for Adam and Fraser as they’re so young and Lee because he hasn’t had much game time, but it was valuable experience for them and they all got better as the game went on.”

Higdon failed to hit the target on Saturday, but was full of admiration for Jamie Murphy’s long range opener and is pleased with his own contribution after grabbing his 10th goal of the season against Dundee United last midweek.

He said: “It was a great goal by Jamie, I wasn’t having the best of games myself, but when you see players doing that it takes a bit of pressure off the team.

“My goals to games ration is 10 in 15 starts, which is good in this league, and I just want to make sure I’m making a contribution and keep it going.”

The winners of next Tuesday’s replay will face a trip to Easter Road, but before ’Well’s future in the cup is decided they host Ross County in the SPL on Saturday.

The sides met on the opening day of the season in Dingwall and battled out a 0-0 draw, and while the Highlanders sit third from bottom in the SPL they drew 3-3 with third top Inverness in the cup on Saturday.

Higdon said: “It was a difficult game on the opening day of the season and they scored three goals at Inverness on Saturday so we know it’ll be tough, but at home we fancy our changes.

“We’ve been playing well at Fir Park, but we haven’t been winning. We need to change that so we are getting the getting the same sort of results at our place as we’ve been getting on the road.

“The supporters were brilliant at Pittodrie and hopefully can cheer us on to victory.”