Inverness manager Terry Butcher happy with win over Dons
Inverness boss Terry Butcher felt his side deserved to keep a clean sheet in their 2-1 win against Aberdeen, but was pleased with the victory.
The hosts battled to hold onto their lead against the Dons in windy conditions, but held out to record their third home win of the season.
"It would have been a perfect Christmas had we won 2-0, but you can't have everything," said Butcher.
"We didn't get the present we would've liked. The main one was three points."
Roman Golobart soared above the Aberdeen defence to head in an opener for Inverness shortly after an hour of play then Gregory Tade doubled the lead with a low drive.
Rory Fallon pulled one back for the Dons from close-range, but Butcher's side held out for the three points and the Inverness manager felt it was well-earned.
"I thought we deserved it," said Butcher. "We held on well and for the first hour, there wasn't much in the game - it was difficult conditions, but we have those kind of weather situations all the time up here.
"There wasn't much to talk about, but this team has never played together before, so we've never had an opportunity to do work with the back four.
"Richie Foran did well in the holding midfield role in what was a gritty match. So, I'm really pleased with the way we got to know each other better during the match and improved during the game. Defensively, we're a lot stronger than we were, which is a big plus for us.
"I'm pleased about the way that they battled hard for each other. If you get the first goal - and the second goal in particular - it gives you something to hold on to."
The win pulls Butcher's side to within two points of ninth-placed Aberdeen at the lower end of the table despite failing to keep a clean sheet all season, but Butcher was proud that his players held out to give the club's fans an early Christmas present.
"We were holding on at the end, Aberdeen threw a lot of men forward in to the box, but we were first to get our head to the ball and put our bodies on the line and get the three points," he said.
"It's great for everyone at the club and the city as well."