Inverness manager Terry Butcher breaks opening day hoodoo

Terry Butcher was pleased to finally record an opening-day win as Inverness manager.

The Highlanders triumphed 3-0 against St Mirren at the Caledonian Stadium as both sides began their Scottish Premiership campaign.

"It's really weird for me because we've never had this since I've been here and this is my fifth season," said Butcher.

"We're delighted. Clean sheet, three goals, three points and a good performance, especially second half."

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All three goals came after the break with James Vincent converting, following David van Zanten's handball, and Aaron Doran and Billy McKay also finding the net.

Buddies boss Danny Lennon was unhappy at the award of the spot-kick, feeling that van Zanten could not get out the way of Vincent's shot.

But Butcher disagreed, saying: "He's blocked it with his hands, I thought it was a good save!

"If he's blocked it with his hands, which the referee said he has, he gets a yellow card, could've been a red card.

"A lot of work went into the goals but the boys were ruthless when it really mattered.

"We're thrilled because it's just a continuation of the work that they've been showing since they've come back.

"Everybody did well. From our future, long-term and short-term, we will get better because that's a good start and a good foundation that gives everybody belief."

Inverness finished fourth in the Scottish top flight last season and Butcher feels his side have picked up where they left off.

"The lads that have joined us want to replicate the fantastic season we had last year and the ones that are obviously want another spell of that, if not to be better," he added.

"I couldn't be happier."