Butcher hails Caley response

Sat, 07 Apr 18:26:54 2012

Inverness manager Terry Butcher praised his players for their response to last weekend's 3-2 defeat to Hibernian as they took a point from a goalless draw at St Johnstone.

Caley were the better team in the first half and Jonny Hayes hit a post after a mazy run, although the hosts picked up after the break and saw a penalty appeal turned down following Roman Golobart's barge on Fran Sandaza.

"I was delighted with the performance. I criticised the players last week but they rammed the words down my throat," Butcher said.

"I had the back four from heaven playing and they deserve a lot of credit for the clean sheet. To pick up an away point against a team battling for Europe is a good result.

"Richie Foran said in the dressing room that it was a great way to start the run-in and I fully agree with that."

Regarding the spot-kick decision, Butcher added: "It was never a penalty, Sandaza went down too easily in the box. My players were also picking up bookings left, right and centre for soft fouls on the same player, while Billy McKay was getting some rough treatment."


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