Stirling Albion manager Stuart McLaren hailed his players for an outstanding performance as we held Scottish Cup holders Inverness Caley Thistle to a 0-0 draw.
The teams will try again at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium on Tuesday January 19, with both now going into the fifth-round draw, which is live on Sky Sports News at 6.15pm on Monday.
McLaren said: “I’m immensely proud of the boys. Coming up with a game plan is one thing but for the players to go out on the pitch and apply it as well as they did against that level of opposition says a lot about them.
“We set out to negate Inverness’s strengths and for 90% of the game I think we did that but we also wanted to try and attack them when we could.
“I think we showed that in the second half – we created three good chances and I don’t know where Gary Warren came from to block Steven Doris’ shot!
“The last two league games were frustrating because we know the lads are capable of so much more and this performance shows that.
“We won’t have that element of surprise in the replay, and Inverness will be even more determined to get a result, but the players deserve a second chance and we will look forward to the game.”
Caley Thistle boss John Hughes said: “All credit goes to Stirling and they had some chances in the second half but the main thing is that we are still in the cup.
“It might have been different if we had scored with the chance early on – that might have settled us down a bit. The commitment was there but we didn’t have the quality and the final ball was lacking.”