Highland derby power cut frustrates Terry Butcher

Inverness boss Terry Butcher and his players salute the fans

Inverness boss Terry Butcher revealed he was "in the toilet" at half-time when the power failed, cutting short the first Highland derby of the season.

Despite attempts to get the floodlights at Victoria Park working again, the Premiership game was abandoned.

"It was one of those things and you knew it wasn't going to happen," Butcher told BBC Sportsound.

"We're bitterly disappointed because I thought we did alright in the first half and looked the likelier to score."

With the game goalless at the break, the stadium was plunged into darkness when the floodlights failed.

"We got a knock on the door (at half time) and whoever was coming through was going to get a right mouthful from me because I was in mid-flow in my speech (to the players)," said Butcher.

"It was the referee, who said there was a delay because the lights had gone off. Then, when we'd come out for the warm-up, the lights were back on.

"It was one of those things and you knew it wasn't going to happen. We're bitterly disappointed because I thought we did alright in the first half and looked the likelier to score.

"I felt if we could continue that in the second half we'd go on and win it.

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Interview - Inverness CT boss Terry Butcher

"But we'll never know now."

Butcher also expressed disappointment that the two bookings his side earned - for Ross Draper and Gary Warren - would both count despite the derby being abandoned.

"I can't understand for the life of me why they should count," said the Inverness boss. "The result doesn't stand so the bookings shouldn't stand.

"There were a few crunching tackles but generally it was a game played in a good spirit and very competitive.

"It was bubbling up nicely for a good second half and I'm as frustrated as anyone else that we couldn't finish it off.

"It's just one of those things; there's been a lot of rain but I don't know what the reason was. It was just unfortunate but we live to fight another day and we'll do it all over again."