Terry Butcher praises in-fighting Inverness after Scottish Cup win

Jonny Hayes, Richie Foran and Euan Norris
Hayes and Foran's scuffle was interrupted by Euan Norris

Terry Butcher praised his team's spirit despite two of his players clashing and striking the referee during their Scottish Cup win over Dunfermline.

Euan Norris had stepped between Richie Foran and Jonny Hayes as they argued before eventually overcoming the Pars 3-1 in their fourth-round replay.

"Great team spirit for me," said the Inverness manager. "I don't mind that.

"I've grabbed people by the throat when I played as well, but not normally hit the referee in the process."

Defenders Roman Golobart and Ross Tokely also exchanged strong words at East End Park.

"When Hayesy and Richie Foran had a bit of a get-together in the middle of the park, that just shows that everyone wants to do well," Butcher told BBC Scotland.

"I think Euan Norris took a blow to the head as well, but he stood up well. He takes a punch very, very well."

Dunfermline v Inverness CT

Dunfermline had taken the lead through Andrew Barrowman, but Hayes pounced on a mistake by goalkeeper Chris Smith to equalise - just as he had in the first tie between the sides.

"To be fair to Dunfermline, they were by miles the better team in the first half," admitted Butcher.

"We came out a bit better in the second half, got the break and capitalised on that.

"Once again, it is Hayesy chasing through on a mistake and that gives us a lift and we think we can win this in normal time.

"But then, to be fair to them, it comes to extra time and the players listen to what we were saying, galvanise themselves and were terrific.

"That was when we started to dominate and pick them off and we got two good goals, particularly the one from Andrew Shinnie.

"Once you go 2-1 down in extra time, it's a long way back and 3-1 was the icing on the cake from Greg Tansey."

Tansey's third goal of the season - all on Dunfermline's ground - ensured that it is Inverness who will benefit from a home tie against holders Celtic in the next round.

"We're through, it hasn't been a classic, but there was a lot at stake," added Butcher.

"Financially, it is great for the club and the players on bonuses.

"These players played 100 times better on Saturday, but you still have to come out top in the cup tie and goals do change games."

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