ICT manager Terry Butcher delighted at solid display

Inverness manager Terry Butcher

Terry Butcher claimed the new motto for his Inverness team should be "stamina, style and steel" after they outplayed Motherwell to retain their place at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Richie Foran and Billy McKay's first-half goals were complemented by resolute defending when required.

"We saw a different side to us today," said the manager after the 2-0 win.

"There was grit, steel and resilience and we had to put our bodies on the line. The boys did that very well."

Motherwell were disappointing but the win for Inverness means they have maximum points from their first three league games.

"We have only played three games but we don't fear anybody because these boys have bags of spirit and togetherness," continued Butcher.

"We have a way of playing that suits everybody, they know what they need to do.

"There is so much more to come from this team. Who knows what they can do?

"It's a good start, three wins out of three, six goals for and none against. It's very good."

Foran's diving header in the fourth minute put Inverness on the road to the win but it was the second goal that had Butcher most enthused.

"The second goal was incredible. David Raven made a great pass for Billy to score and it was a wonderful finish.

"But full credit to Motherwell in the second half. They put us under a lot of pressure and we had to be firm."

Inverness will likely be given a stiff test at Celtic Park next Saturday but Butcher wants his players to go to the home ground of the champions without fear.

"I said to the boys there are 35 matches to go. We've got Celtic away next week.

"We can go there and play with a freedom like we've done before. It's a great place to go."