Butcher lauds Highland derby
Inverness manager Terry Butcher believes the Highland derby can become a major factor of the Scottish Premier League after last night's clash.
Butcher's side held off a resurgent second-half fightback by County to secure a 3-1 victory when Aaron Doran struck a late volley.
The televised game attracted 6,766 fans to the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium and Butcher thought it was a great advert for the Highland game.
"There is always a passion for football in the Highlands," the former England captain told BBC Scotland.
"I have been here for nearly four years now and there is a fantastic passion.
"We have two sides that should stay in the SPL, who will stay in the SPL.
"These Highland derbies will be a major feature of the SPL, which judging from this game will be a major bonus.
"This club, this city, this area is thriving at the moment.
"We had good young players out there, both teams play wonderful football, both teams knock the ball about very well.
"It was a credit to the SPL."
Ross Draper's ninth-minute header gave the hosts the lead before Andrew Shinnie's 12-yard shot in 28 minutes gave them a two-goal cushion at the interval.
Iain Vigurs' superb free-kick against his former club reduced the arrears and the Dingwall side had chances, but Doran's stunning volley with two minutes to go sealed the victory for Inverness.
Visiting manager Derek Adams was disappointed with his side's start and some individual errors but encouraged by their response.
And despite his deep disappointment at losing to his side's local rivals, he believes the game was a good advert for the Highlands.
"I thought it was a good spectacle for the game," Adams said.
"It wasn't good for me at times watching from the sidelines.
"But the second half we pushed forward and were getting bodies in the box and I just wish we had got that equaliser."