Football - Butcher settles for stalemate

Inverness manager Terry Butcher felt a draw was a fair result in the Highland derby with Ross County but claimed his side had a strong claim for a penalty.

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Chances were few and far between throughout the 90 minutes with neither side able to dictate proceedings at any stage of the match, and it finished goalless.

Butcher said: "It's two great points for the Highlands - a point for us, a point for them.

"It keeps up moving up. We've got four games to go (before the split) and we are five points ahead of some of the other teams, that's a lot of points.

"The result was pretty fair too, neither team deserved to lose. Had Ross County scored at the start of the second half I wouldn't have grumbled as they were on top for the first 20, 25 minutes, but we changed it around and finished strongly."

Butcher was left to lament his team being denied a second-half spot-kick.

Graeme Shinnie was booked in the 79th minute when he was adjudged to have dived in the box under pressure from Evangelos Oikonomou.

"Graeme Shinnie is adamant it is a penalty," Butcher said. "That now gets him suspended. But in the end it was a typical 0-0. I thought both teams were fully committed and showed a great attitude."

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