Sunday, 9th February, 2014

Celtic forward Anthony Stokes has urged his team-mates to forget about the disappointment of their Scottish Cup loss to Aberdeen and focus on bouncing back in the Scottish Premiership.

The hosts led through the Irishman's strike in the ninth minute, but Russell Anderson's acrobatic effort in the 38th minute followed by Peter Pawlett's angled shot gave Aberdeen the victory.

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Speaking after the game, Stokes explained that the team will now try to forget about the past and are determined not to allow anymore slip-ups.

It was so disappointing. We just didn’t play well enough and in certain areas they out-fought us, and that didn’t reflect the team we’ve been this year so we’re bitterly disappointed", Stokes told his club's official website.


“It was always going to be a difficult cup game but we knew what to expect so there’s no excuses there. Now we have to assess the performance ourselves and make sure that it doesn’t happen again."

The 25-year-old however added that now that the cup run is over the focus should be to be back to performing well in the league and trying to win it comfortably, without any further slips.

"Our league form has been outstanding this season but it’s a blip and we need to make sure that’s all it is.

“The focus on the league has always been there. It was a massive game for us and we just need to get over it, put it behind us and hopefully get the league title as soon as possible.”

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