Hibernian out of Europa League: Penalty miss 'my worst moment' - John McGinn

John McGinn side-foots his penalty but it is saved by Brondy keeper Frederik Ronnow
McGinn's side-footed effort was saved by Brondy keeper Frederik Ronnow

Hibernian midfielder John McGinn said the penalty miss which sent his side out of the Europa League is "probably my worst moment in football".

The Scotland international, 21, took Hibs' first spot-kick after they had won 1-0 in Brondby after extra-time.

But his side-footed effort was saved and despite Paul Hanlon, Grant Holt and Martin Boyle all scoring, the Danes scored all five to progress.

"I'm just gutted I cost the fans and the team a trip to Berlin," he said.

"The fans gave me good support right after it happened and that was nice to hear.

"But I would much rather they were singing for us going into the next round which I think we deserved.

"The thing I take heart from is the performance of the boys. Nobody gave us a chance and it was an unbelievable performance."

Jason Cummings shows his dejection after Hibs went out on penalties
Jason Cummings shows his dejection after Hibs went out on penalties

Manager Neil Lennon refused to attach any blame to McGinn, saluting a "fantastic" victory for his side on the night, courtesy of David Gray's second-half winner.

"It is just bad luck really. You can't talk about villains on a night like this. They were absolutely brilliant.

"I am proud and pleased with them. They did exactly what we set out to do. If it hadn't been for poor refereeing in the first leg, we wouldn't have had to go to extra-time and penalties because we would have been through.

"Two mistakes in the first leg cost us the result. We really should be heading to Berlin. [to face Hertha Berlin in the next round]

"Any luck going in this tie went against us but I can't speak highly enough of the team. They were absolutely outstanding. To be out-done in a penalty shootout is hard to take but we are only just starting here."

Gray injury 'isn't too serious'

Lennon believes the victory in Denmark will give his side belief as they turn their sights to the main goal this season - securing promotion to the Premiership.

"It was a fantastic start for us to take Brondby all the way at this stage in the season, against a team that has been flying," he added.

"I didn't have many wins away from home in Europe in my time with Celtic, so it is a real feather in the players' cap. It should give them a lot of belief. They were running on fumes in the end but they showed tremendous character to see the game out.

"We defended brilliantly when we had to. Paul Hanlon was outstanding, I thought he was head and shoulders [above everyone] in both ties. Darren McGregor again, Liam Fontaine... I have got really good players here and the basis of an excellent squad."

Captain Gray was forced off late on in normal time with a shoulder injury after tumbling heavily on a driving run down the right flank.

"Hopefully it isn't too serious," Lennon added. "It may be a week to 10 days. He is another fantastic player with a great mentality."

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 21st July 2016

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Molde6321107311
2Fenerbahçe62317619
3Ajax61416607
4Celtic6033812-43

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool624064210
2FC Sion62315509
3Rubin Kazan61326606
4Bordeaux604257-24

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FK Krasnodar641194513
2B Dortmund6312105510
3PAOK Salonika61413307
4FK Qabala6024212-102

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli66002231918
2FC Midtjylland6213612-67
3Club Brugge6123411-75
4Legia Warsaw6114410-64

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rapid Vienna6501106415
2Villarreal6411126613
3Viktoria Plzen6114810-24
4Dinamo Minsk6105311-83

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga641174313
2Marseille6402127512
3Slovan Liberec621368-27
4FC Groningen602428-62

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lazio6420136714
2Saint-Étienne623110739
3Dnipropetrovsk621368-27
4Rosenborg6024412-82

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lokomotiv Moscow6321127511
2Sporting63121411310
3Besiktas62317619
4Skenderbeu6105413-93

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Basel6411105513
2Fiorentina6312116510
3Lech Poznan612326-45
4Belenenses612328-65

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Tottenham6411126613
2Anderlecht631286210
3Monaco613259-46
4FK Qarabag611448-44

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Schalke64201531214
2Sparta Prague6330105512
3Asteras Tripolis6114412-84
4Apoel Nicosia6105312-93

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ath Bilbao6411168813
2Augsburg6303121119
3Partizan Belgrade63031014-49
4AZ Alkmaar6114813-54
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