Hibernian boss Terry Butcher dedicates win to David Paul

Hibs were 2-0 winners at Ross County

Manager Terry Butcher was delighted Hibernian managed to end an emotional week with a 2-0 win at Ross County.

Youth team player David Paul died in his sleep last Sunday and there was a minute's silence in his memory before kick off at Victoria Park.

"This week has been really tough for the players and everyone wants to dedicate that win to David Paul and his family," Butcher told BBC Scotland.

"It's a nice way to pay tribute to such a wonderful boy."

Goals via set-pieces in either half from defenders Michael Nelson and Jordon Forster completed a cup and league double away to the Staggies - a ground Butcher didn't manage a win at in five years in charge of local rivals Inverness.

Hibs knocked County out of the Scottish Cup with a 1-0 win at the end of November and they followed it up with another solid defensive display.

"We didn't have the ideal journey up because our bus conked out at Broxden Services and we had to wait an hour and 20 minutes for the replacement," explained Butcher.

"Our pre-match meal was bacon butties and sausage rolls - not exactly a dietician's delight.

"The lads will want that every week but I'm not going to give it to them.

"David's passing was an obstacle and the bus journey was an obstacle and we have come through it well and come out the other side.

"I didn't know David that well. I saw him score at Ibrox in the youth cup and he was a player we had high hopes for.

"It's nice that the boys can repay his honesty and the way he was as a person by winning today."

Hibs have struggled for goals this season, with just two in the previous nine games.

"We scored off two set-pieces which the boys work hard at," added Butcher.

"It's all about the delivery and Paul Cairney put two great balls into the box. We've got good height in the team, so we need the ball in the right areas.

"Ross County piled men forward and we stood up strong, they didn't really break through us.

"We were slightly fortunate, with them hitting the frame of the goal twice - but apart from that Ben Williams didn't have a shot to save; he's got clean knees."

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