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Inverness heading in right direction, says boss Butcher

Inverness manager Terry Butcher
Butcher feels his side are making progress in the SPL

Enthusiastic Inverness manager Terry Butcher was full of praise for his players after they beat Aberdeen 2-0.

Jonny Hayes and Adam Rooney got the goals in a deserved home victory for the Highlanders.

"These boys are just fantastic, it's a real pleasure to be in charge of them," Butcher told BBC Scotland.

"And when they turn in performances like that, then who knows where it may take us? We're delighted with the manner of the performance."

Butcher's side took a 1-0 lead in at the break and kept up the pressure in the second period.

"We wanted to keep the aggression going in the second half," said Butcher. "I felt like we fought for every ball, we contested everything, we didn't let things die.

"You saw with the second goal, where Adam didn't give it up, it was a lost cause really to most strikers. He got his reward and banged in his sixth goal of the season.

"I just felt we put them under pressure, we asked questions of them to see what they could do.

We want to take the club forward, it's a long-term project here. We're taking it forward step-by-step but every step along the way is thoroughly enjoyable

Terry Butcher

"I'm really pleased for everybody. I'm pleased for the home fans. We even heard the main stand singing, I've never heard that before. We're getting some great things happening at the club and long may that continue."

Having gained promotion with last season's First Division title triumph, Inverness have enjoyed a solid start to the Scottish Premier League with 10 points from their first seven games giving them fifth spot going into the international break.

"We've always been optimistic," said Butcher. "We've always been really positive about what we've got here.

"We kept the core together. We've added some real quality and we've still got some quality out at the moment. It's going to be interesting after the break when players come back to see if they can get back in the team.

"If you look at Nick Ross, Graeme Shinnie, Gavin Morrison and Shane Sutherland. The young kids in particular are really grasping the chance and saying to the older pros, 'I want to be in the team ahead of you'.

"You can't take it away from the guys that have worked very hard in the last two games. They've worked hard all season.

"But it's not all about hard work, there are some good players in the team, some skill with Eric Odhiambo, Adam Rooney, Jonny Hayes, Nick Ross, Richie Foran, and Stuart Duff at right-back looks as though he's played there for years.

"It's just brilliant for me because we've got great competition. If you've got that spirit and you've got people looking over their shoulder then the club's heading very much in the right direction.

"We had a good board meeting the other week. We want to take the club forward, it's a long-term project here. We're taking it forward step-by-step but every step along the way is thoroughly enjoyable."



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Inverness CT 2-0 Aberdeen
02 Oct 10 |  Scottish Premier


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