Inverness: John Hughes slams refereeing decisions

John Hughes
Hughes watched his side secure victory in Paisley

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager John Hughes was critical of Willie Collum's refereeing after his 10-man side beat St Mirren 1-0 in Paisley.

Ryan Christie was sent off early in the second half for a second yellow card offence, but the Highland side held out for the win.

"If that was a sending off, I'm the next man on the moon," said Hughes.

"We shouldn't be talking about referees. We should be talking about football and how the game was played."

Caley's Greg Tansey netted from the spot after Marc McAusland fouled Billy Mackay inside the penalty area just before half-time in an ill-tempered match that produced eight cautions and a red card.

Hughes was pleased with his players' work rate but felt fans were short-changed by Collum's decisions.

"We'll take the three points and keep the clean sheet," said Hughes. "But I thought it was a terrible game, I didn't enjoy it. It had too many bookings, too many stoppages and it never got going.

"It's unfortunate because I'm a manager and I like to see good football. I can imagine what the spectators are saying.

"We took all the credit because we were reduced to 10 men - we were very professional and we kept our shape, and we kept the back door shut.

"But it's about football, and we're here to entertain the punters."

Meanwhile, Inverness have posted a profit of over £28,000 for the period to 31 May, 2014, ending up in the black for the second year in a row.

Turnover is also up by £170,000 to £3.89 million at the end of a season which saw the club progress to the League Cup Final and also receive compensation from Hibs when Terry Butcher and his management team departed to Easter Road in November 2013.

The profit of £28,186 is a slight increase on the figure of £22,204 for the previous 12 months and cash assets stand at £267,00, while the Inverness finances further benefited from an uptake of £25,000 in share capital.

In his annual report, chairman Kenny Cameron said: "I am delighted to report that the club has performed well in the financial period to 31 May, 2014; our strategy and business model has once again served us well."

Mr Cameron described the figures as "a clear indication of the current strength of the business" and also reflected on the less than positive football financial environment in which clubs operate.

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