If there’s one massive positive to come out of Wednesday’s loss to Frankfurt, it’s the way we lost. Now many fans think losing on penalties is the worst way to lose, but in reality if you do have to lose, it’s the best.
It means you didn’t simply get well beaten, you weren’t out of your depth, and you can hold your head high.
Yes, there’s the gutting aspect of the flick of a boot/penalty being the difference between exalted glory and horrible defeat, but 2008 was a lot worse.
It was way worse because we weren’t in the match at all, we were well beaten and we didn’t have the tools to come close to finishing the job.
But this time, we can hold ourselves high – sure, it’s devastating to lose, but it’s worse to lose by being outclassed or deservedly beaten.
To get to this stage was incredible, and to come as close as we did was even better.
It took the unstoppable Frankfurt to beat us, and they could only do it via penalties.
There is nothing to be sad about, and everything to be proud of.
And we came back with glory to beat Hearts and win the cup.
It wasn’t all bad, not at all.