Stokes happy despite penalty miss

18 April 2011 06:30

Celtic striker Anthony Stokes felt he brushed off his penalty miss during the Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen as he helped his side to a 4-0 victory.

Jamie Langfield saved his second Stokes spot-kick of the season after Andrew Considine's 18th-minute red card for bringing down Gary Hooper.

Stokes denied Langfield's save in Celtic's 3-0 win at Pittodrie in February had been on his mind, saying: "Not really, it was just a poor penalty."

He added: "It's just one of those things, I don't think it affected my game. I think I actually played quite well overall.

"It was one of those things, me and Hoops could have stayed out there for hours and we might not have nicked a goal the way things were going for us.

"I thought we played well. The first half we didn't play as well as we could but we started the second half brightly and we took it on from there.

"It might have been down to them being a little bit tired as well, it was very hot out there and they had to do a lot of running.

"But we were a lot sharper, we moved the ball quicker and we played in the pockets a little bit more and stretched.

"We've got Emilio (Izaguirre) and Willo (Mark Wilson), our two full-backs who bomb on and it was very hard for them with the overloads."

Celtic face Motherwell in the final on May 21 but Stokes added: "We're not going to worry about that now. We have the league to win, we are just going to focus on each game that comes along and see where it takes us."

Source: PA

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