Terry Butcher backs Gregory Tade for more goals

Inverness celebrate Gregory Tade's match-winning goal against St Mirren
Inverness celebrate Tade's match-winning goal against St Mirren

Inverness manager Terry Butcher is backing Gregory Tade to score regularly in the Scottish Premier League after the striker's winner against St Mirren.

Tade squandered three good chances before knocking in a close-range effort in a 2-1 victory.

"He's learning all the time and the most important thing for me is that he's getting into those positions," Butcher told BBC Radio Scotland.

"Goals will come. I've got no doubt about that."

Tade was not the only home player guilty of profligacy in front of the net, with Richie Foran missing the target from six yards in the opening exchanges.

Inverness dominated for long spells but had to come from behind after Marc McAusland was allowed to head home from a first-half corner.

Andrew Shinnie levelled before the interval with a powerfully struck shot and it was his effort that cannoned off a post and struck Tade for the decisive goal.

"We made some wonderful chances, with one-on-ones against the keeper and we missed a whole host," added Butcher.

"And then we get a lucky break. The boys are debating which part of Gregory's body the ball hit because it just hits him on the line and goes in.

"He missed his other opportunities but sometimes you've just got to be lucky rather than good.

"He's worked hard to get to this level. You can't fault his attitude, he's such a great character.

"Last week, against Celtic, he ran himself into the ground and he did it again today.

"He's maybe not hitting the back of the net but he's certainly worrying defenders."

St Mirren thought they had levelled the game in injury time but Paul McGowan was flagged offside before converting a pass from Nigel Hasselbaink.

And three points were no less than Butcher's men deserved, although they remain bottom of the league.

"We played well," continued Butcher. "Even at 1-0 down I thought the lads kept their heads and passed it well.

"We wanted to be courageous because a four point deficit can be a bit daunting at this stage of the season.

"And this winter day will do our confidence the power of good."