Published: 03/11/2011 02:00 - Updated: 03/11/2011 01:58

Terry Butcher: We'll look back and laugh

Written byBy Alex Johnston

Caley Thistle manager Terry Butcher remonstrates with referee Crawford Allan after Chris Hogg's sending off against Motherwell.
Caley Thistle manager Terry Butcher remonstrates with referee Crawford Allan after Chris Hogg's sending off against Motherwell.

TERRY Butcher believes heading into the international break after securing a first away SPL win of the season against Kilmarnock on Saturday could kickstart their stuttering season.

Caley Thistle went into September's break on the back of a 2-1 home win against St Mirren, and the manager wants a similar result to spark a string of results to match the club's away form last season.

Saturday's 3-2 loss at home to Motherwell, in which Chris Hogg was controversially shown a red card, means ICT remain at the bottom of the SPL, separated from second bottom Dunfermline by a single point, and an away win could act as a springboard for improved results after the break.

The Caley Thistle boss explained: "We have done well in previous games before the international break and we want to go into this one in a much stronger position than we are in at the minute.

"There are so many incentives now for the players that I am not worried about our current position at all. We had a good chat on Monday and talked about all the setbacks we have had this season and how they have brought everyone closer together. We want to look back on this spell in a few months' time and laugh about it. That is our ambition and that is our drive.

"I don't think we are playing any better now than during the spell we had this time last year. The difference is that last year we were a lot more ruthless when it came to taking our chances.

"We were conceding goals but scoring more at the other end. This year we are still letting in goals, but not scoring enough at the other end, which means we aren't picking up points."

The former England captain knows his side should have got something from Saturday's game and says Rugby Park is as good a test as any for his side's new style of play.

He said: "I am still as angry now as I was on Saturday night because of the injustice, not just about the red card but also about how well we played but got nothing out of the game. I thought we were terrific, the attitude and effort from everybody was just magnificent.

"It doesn't have to be a great team talk on Saturday. We just have to make sure we do our jobs and do them well, because there is no doubt about it, we played some quality football on Saturday which is something I want to see on a much more regular basis.

"We are looking forward to the Kilmarnock game, because we enjoy playing against them. We beat them here earlier this season and will look forward to trying out a new system against them.

"There is confidence in the side to close out games. We have lost points in the last few minutes of games this season, which is annoying, but we have also won games in those minutes.

"We know what it takes and confidence is very high after Saturday. The spirit is tremendous and the fans were brilliant at the weekend because we gave possibly our best home display so far this season.

"The away support is terrific too, and we know we need to pick up points away from like we did before. We will look to have a slightly different approach against Kilmarnock than in other away fixtures this season."

The manager will check on the fitness of Josh Meekings, who sustained a stomach injury at the weekend, and Nick Ross is expected to miss out as he continues his recovery from a groin injury.

The team will find out if their appeal against Chris Hogg's red card has been successful on Thursday.

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