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Happy Hunting Ground For Butcher
Terry Butcher has happy memories of Tannadice and wants to revive them today. Terry Butcher wants to get three unbeaten games in a row to add to his collection of happy memories of Tannadice. Butcher revived his coaching career at Dundee United alongside his assistant at Inverness, Maurice Malpas, and more recently enjoyed one of his best afternoons in charge of Caley Thistle when they ran out 4-0 winners in Dundee at the start of last season. Butcher is optimistic his side can build on their most recent games, a win over Kilmarnock and a draw against Hearts, especially with the likes of Greg Tansey and Billy McKay fully fit after injury. He said: "We've got good memories of going there at the same stage last season and winning 4-0, perhaps our best performance of the season. We enjoy going back to Tannadice. We did lose a game there later on last season, that was probably our worst spell of the campaign. Obviously me and Maurice love going back there having worked there before - particularly Maurice, he's a Tannadice legend. It's a great place to play. A lot of the boys won't have played there and won't know what it's like. I think they will be pleasantly surprised because it's a wonderful stadium. There is a good atmosphere and our fans generally go down and make a lot of noise. We are two games unbeaten and we would have liked to have made it three wins on the trot because we felt we did enough to get three points against Hearts." Butcher was also encouraged by most performances before Inverness got out of a losing rut, amid what he described as the worst injury crisis of his career. He said: "The way we have played, particularly in the last two matches and particularly towards the end of the games when the team have got to know each other over the 90 minutes, we have done very well. We have had to field seven, virtually eight, different teams this season. It has been a testing start but I have been delighted by everyone's attitude. Playing people out of position or in different formations, asking people to do two different jobs, everyone has shown willingness to get stuck in and do their bit for the team."
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