His Inverness side battled valiantly against Hibs but eventually were overpowered in a 5-2 defeat. Adam Jackson put the home side in front before a Caley penalty claim was waved away, in which Scott Allan finished off an Easter Road counter-attack during the aftermath of that shout.
Greg Docherty made things comfortable for Jack Ross’ side but Carl Tremarco’s deflected cross into the net gave Robertson hope. Brad McKay was sent off less than a minute later though and Stephane Omeonga and Jamie Gullan finished Hibs’ scoring spree. Nikolay Todorov netted a consolation for the visitors with three minutes to go.
It was a fair result in the end says Hearts legend Robertson but referee decisions have to be considered: “There is frustration and pride. The team that deserved to go through went through, we can’t deny that.
“But there were massive moments that, had they gone our way, could have made it completely different. I thought Hibs may have had a penalty early on, it looked like Mark Ridgers may have clipped Martin Boyle.
“The penalty they got was never a penalty, both players had a hand on each other but maybe Nick Walsh sensed he had missed something. Carl Tremarco gets pulled down and the referee gets a clear view of it but doesn’t give it. Hibs break on us and score.”
Robertson has also jokingly said he can’t quite bring himself to praise a team he’s been direct rivals with for much of his football career- although he’s well aware of how good they can be.
“For a Championship team to cause a shock, you need to play well- at times I thought we did that. You need Hibs to be off it, but they were at it, and you need luck. That’s what deserted us tonight.
“We stuck at it but they went on to win the game quite comfortably. Anybody who’s down 3-1 to Hibs with ten men is going to be in trouble with their pace on the break and they’ve got good midfield runners.
“I’d love to wish them the very best but I can’t bring myself to do it! They deserved to go through over the 90, you can’t complain about that.”