Butcher relieved to avoid Cup upset

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Terry Butcher was happy not to slip up against Arbroath
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Terry Butcher was happy not to slip up against Arbroath

Inverness manager Terry Butcher was delighted to see his side avoid a cup shock against Arbroath.

Caley made it through to the third round of the Scottish Communities League Cup with a 2-0 win thanks to an Andrew Shinnie double.

And with a number of SPL sides already making an early exit from the competition, Butcher was pleased to see his side secure their place in the next round.

He said: "Arbroath are a good side and carry a threat so we knew it wasn't going to be over until we got the second goal.

"It was a difficult tie and after last night in particular I think a lot of people would have expected us to go out tonight.

"I was really pleased with the performance and had we got the second goal earlier we could have maybe got more."

Arbroath player-manager Paul Sheerin admitted his side had their goalkeeper Tony Bullock to thank for containing Caley to only two goals.

The 40-year-old pulled off a string of fine saves throughout the match to keep his side in the tie until Shinnie put the game beyond doubt with his second 20 minutes from time.

He said: "It was a tough match, especially after we had to play for half an hour with only 10 men on Saturday. Our keeper pulled off a few good saves.

"He has a wealth of experience and he has done that throughout his career. It is no surprise to me that he performed in that manner."

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