Football - Butcher: Game was poor and brutal

Hibernian manager Terry Butcher was glad to get the match with former club Inverness out of the way, after what he described as a "brutal" game of football.

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Hibernian's manager Terry Butcher saw his side draw 0-0 at former club Inverness

It was the first time the former England captain had returned to the Highland capital since leaving Inverness in November for Easter Road.

Chances in the goalless draw were fairly limited, with Paul Hanlon heading a Sam Stanton corner over in the first half and Ben Williams saving from Aaron Doran in the second.

Butcher conceded that the game would not be remembered fondly by fans of either side.

"The most interesting thing that happened tonight was when Maurice (Malpas) shouted some instructions and Aaron Doran turns round thinking 'is he talking to me?'," he said.

"It was a poor game. Those few funny things lifted our spirits because it was a brutal football game.

"I asked the players afterwards if they enjoyed the game and they just said no, so that's never a good sign.

"From a defensive point of view it's great because you get the clean sheet but offensively we were terrible.

"The way Caley Thistle lined up made it more difficult for us to get on the ball and get it to our wide players, so we've got plenty to think about."

For his opposing number John Hughes, his attention firmly switches to the matter of Inverness' Scottish League Cup Final against Aberdeen on Sunday.

The Caley Jags head to Parkhead after stopping the rot and are determined to give a good account of themselves in Glasgow.

Hughes believes his side will be at full strength to take on the Dons this weekend.

"Thankfully we've come through tonight unscathed and in some ways it's worked in our favour," he said. "Because if we didn't have this game then the boys who are suspended would have missed the final.

"Looking at the game it wasn't the greatest. I think the overhead conditions played a part in that and the pitch is a bit tricky to play on at the moment, but the ground staff are working overtime on it.

"It was all about us tonight. We've got guys game time, kept a clean sheet and hopefully take some confidence from that.

"We're looking forward to Sunday now. The team's not picked yet. We're injury free and I believe it won't just be the starting 11, because the substitutes will have a big part to play."

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