Butcher out to build on cup win

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Terry Butcher's Inverness beat Stenhousemuir on penalties

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Terry Butcher's Inverness beat Stenhousemuir on penalties

Terry Butcher has urged his Inverness players to build on the high of reaching the last eight of the Scottish Communities League Cup by recording their first league win of the season.

Caley scraped through to the Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-finals with a 6-5 penalty shoot-out victory over Stenhousemuir.

There was little to separate the teams after a 1-1 stalemate in 90 minutes on Tuesday night and there were no further goals in extra time, then Ryan Esson produced a good save from Darren Smith's penalty to end the Irn-Bru League Division Two side's hopes of an upset.

"We are delighted the game is over with and hopefully we can now carry that on and get our first league win of the season against Dundee United on Saturday," said Butcher.

"It was a great cup tie and it had everything - the teams in the lower leagues are always difficult to beat and the last round bears testimony to that.

"So far we have had to come to Stenhousemuir and Arbroath and they have both been tough fixtures, I said to the players to get through by any means and they did that."

Stenhousemuir boss Martyn Corrigan believes his side, who matched Inverness for long spells, will bounce back from their shoot-out disappointment.

"It's hard to take losing in that manner but we can be proud of the way we played," said Corrigan.

"We had our chances during the game and couldn't quite take them, everyone is disappointed but we have to pick ourselves up.

"If we can produce that level of performance on a regular basis then we will be very hard to beat this season."

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