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28 Oct 2010 08:55:00

Stokes: Hoops over Old Firm loss

Anthony Stokes believes Celtic purged themselves of their Old Firm disappointment by winning through to the Co-op Cup semi-finals on Wednesday. Celtic recorded a 3-2 win against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park. The Hoops had come in for some stinging criticism after losing 3-1 at home to Rangers on Sunday. But Neil Lennon's side came out of the traps in Perth flying and a Stokes double and a Niall McGinn strike had them three goals up after only 13 minutes. However, there were some nerves after Sam Parkin reduced the deficit before the break and Murray Davidson headed in the second in the 54th minute. Indeed, only a brilliant Fraser Forster save right at the end from Saints substitute Jennison Myrie-Williams prevented extra time. But the Parkhead men also passed up on several opportunities to draw further ahead, which Stokes highlighted when he talked about Celtic's response to Sunday. The Irishman said: "We had a chat about Sunday after training and the gaffer said we will draw a line under it and forget about it. "It was a massive for the fans and it was a massive game but at the end of the day it's three points and we can't dwell on it. "We had to respond last night and the main thing was to get a win and we went away happy. "We want to win every competition we play in and so it was a great win. "On another night we could have won by four or five but they put us under a bit of pressure "It was a little disappointing the way we let them back in. "But we did well at the end, they were putting us under pressure and we stayed strong."


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