Football - Butcher eyes Europe after win

Inverness manager Terry Butcher was delighted his side kept up their hunt for European football with a 2-1 win over Hibernian at Easter Road.

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The visitors remained undefeated in the capital in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League this season after strikes from Ross Draper and Andrew Shinnie, either side of a deflected Leigh Griffiths goal, were enough to secure the points.

Both sides were poor going forward in the first half before the game opened up after the restart, starting with Draper's opener four minutes into the period.

"I'm incredibly happy," Butcher said. "I thought we deserved to win, we created a few chances and could have scored more.

"It wasn't much of a first half, I thought we did okay, but we opened up a bit in the second half and got guys like Andrew Shinnie on the ball more and we felt like we could score.

"We were a bit fortunate with our winner, but Graeme Shinnie was adamant he was pulled down with their equaliser so from our point of view justice was done.

"At 2-1 it gave us a chance to defend well.

"The last game here was the semi-final (the Scottish Communities League Cup defeat to Hearts) so it is good that we laid that ghost to rest.

"We didn't talk about it beforehand. We are just happy that we've remained unbeaten in the capital in the SPL this season, taking four points off both Hibs and Hearts.

"It's another step in the direction of Europe. We're now five points ahead of Ross County and marching on."

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