Not Good Enough For Butcher
Terry Butcher does not want to see the same sort of play from his players on Wednesday Terry Butcher admits he is worried that his side may suffer a thrashing from Celtic if his side replicate the dismal display put up against Aberdeen. A Peter Pawlett goal 15 minutes from time gave the Dons all three points against the below-par Highlanders on Saturday. And Inverness manager Butcher knows his players must improve when Celtic head to Inverness on Wednesday. He said: "I have told the players that if they play like that they will get beat 10-0 against Celtic. It will be embarrassing. I don't know who is going to play against Celtic as I'm seeing players this week to talk about contracts. My mind is certainly a lot clearer now as to what action I'm going to take and I will be taking action as I'm not having a performance like that. It was a disaster." Butcher admitted one of the few positives he could take from the game was the performance of stand-in captain Ryan Esson. The former Aberdeen goalkeeper made a number of key saves to keep the scoreline level before he was eventually beaten by Pawlett's strike. Butcher went on: "I made Ryan Esson captain and he will be captain on Wednesday as Richie Foran is out. I thought he was tremendous. He has been easily our best player so I thought I will give him the captaincy back at his former club. However, the team definitely missed Richie's presence and character and we were also without Chris Hogg who is getting a scan on his knee this week. But the players that came in had an opportunity to impress and didn't take it." Pawlett was delighted to net his first senior goal following a season hampered by injuries. He has missed most of the season due to a toe injury and thanked the club's physios for getting him back to full fitness. He said: "It is a great feeling to get my first senior goal. The physios have done a lot of work to help get me back fit and my mum and dad have also helped me through everything. It's great to be back playing and I could do with the season being a bit longer. The injuries have been frustrating but I think it was the right thing to get them fixed now rather than playing with a niggle to help prolong my career." The result ended a dire eight-game winless run for the Dons and Pawlett is hopeful they can end the season with a flourish. He added: "It has been a while since our last win. When the new manager came in we were playing really well but we have had a bit of a lapse in form recently. I don't see any reason why we can't win our last three matches. Hopefully we can push on and win them and finish seventh or eighth in the league."
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