Football - Butcher overjoyed as Caley move second

Inverness manager Terry Butcher admitted moving second in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League was a wonderful feeling after his side leapfrogged Hibernian with a 3-0 victory at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.

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Terry Butcher was pleased at Caley's 'effective and strong' display against Hibernian

Ross Draper sent Caley Thistle on their way to their third consecutive SPL win with a free header from Graeme Shinnie's 13th-minute free-kick, and goalkeeper Antonio Reguero ensured they went in ahead at half-time. Richie Foran bundled home David Raven's cross in the 76th minute before SPL player of the month Billy McKay headed home a late third.

Butcher has already overseen victories at Celtic Park and Aberdeen and the Inverness manager said: "It's another great win, a clean sheet, three goals, great for the goal difference," he said. "It wasn't the best performance this season but it was very effective and very strong."

He added: "It took time to get the second goal but when we did, we were comfortable. They were good goals, spread throughout the team. We said at half-time: 'do the basics right'. When we won it in the first half we gave it right back.

"Our ball retention in the second half got a lot better but the second goal wouldn't come. But it finally did and then the third was the icing on the cake. We are second in the league and it's a heck of a feeling."

He added: "That's three losses in 21 games and we have scored in every one of those games. It's all down to the players, they work hard when they cross that white line. We are just enjoying the ride. I said before the game - score, win and see where we are."

Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon struggled to explain his side's limp display, which came six days after their William Hill Scottish Cup triumph over Hearts.

"It was a poor performance all round from start to finish," he said. "We defended poorly, which we haven't been doing. We didn't get to the levels of previous performances.

"It's hard to explain why straight after the game, we will need to analyse it. But when you are not playing well you have to make sure you stay in the game and do enough, but we let in sloppy goals."

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