Manager Terry Butcher laments profligate Inverness

Inverness players look disappointed

Terry Butcher believes Inverness only have themselves to blame after missing the chance to clinch a European place a week before the end of the season.

A win for Butcher's side against Dundee United would have secured them a qualifying berth in next term's Europa League.

And though they went ahead against United,

"It's our fault that we're not in Europe now," said Butcher.

"There is huge disappointment because we have had enough chances to win two or three matches.

"We missed a penalty as well. It's as simple as that.

"I don't think we deserved to lose the game but you've got to put the ball in the back of the net from chances and we had chance after chance after chance and missed."

Billy McKay missed from the spot in the first half but Aaron Doran put Inverness ahead only for Ryan Dow to level.

And Gary Mackay-Steven's late strike stole the points for the visitors.

"We were going for the winner," explained Butcher. "We kept going but then of course they hit us with the sucker punch.

"We said before today's game that if we didn't win it would all come down to next week.

"We will look forward to that game but it's a hard one to get over at the moment."

Ross Draper and Richie Foran are both suspended for Inverness's final game of the season against Ross County and Butcher added: "We've got two players out so we will see who is up for it."

Meanwhile, Jackie McNamara was pleased his Dundee United team managed to claim a first win since the Scottish Premier League split.

"We made things hard for ourselves, but we managed to get the three points at the end, which was good for us," he said

"When we pass the ball, you can see where we're hurting them in certain areas."

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