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Butcher warning for Caley

Terry Butcher says Inverness must learn to cope with added expectations in the SPL, after the 1-1 draw with Hearts on Saturday.

Caley extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 10 games, but manager Butcher was left frustrated in the Highland capital.

It was a contest that looked liked being decided by Owain Tudur Jones' fabulous 25-yard effort in the 19th minute, but the Welsh midfielder was later deemed by referee Willie Collum to have brought down Callum Paterson inside the penalty box in the 90th minute.

Hearts captain Marius Zaliukas took responsibility for the spot-kick and duly dispatched it to earn the Jambos a point.

The result leaves Caley Thistle fourth in the table, but Butcher conceded his side have to find a way of better dealing with the pressure of their lofty position.

"For us, these are heady heights in terms of us being up there towards the top of the table," he said.

"However, it's how we cope and deal with that, which is going to be important.

"It's a strange feeling because the players in our dressing room cannot fall back on previous experiences.

"Don't get me wrong, it's wonderful and we're enjoying it, but it's strange as well and that's something we've got to get used to."

Hearts boss John McGlynn was pleased for his team in the way they battled back for a point, particularly with the build-up to this match having been shrouded in financial uncertainty for the Jambos.

Reports through the week suggested the club could even cease to exist after Saturday's home match against St Mirren due to an unpaid tax bill understood to be in the region of 450,000.

Hearts supporters have also been told they must raise 2 million so their team can even see out the rest of the season, such is the extent of the money troubles.

McGlynn, however, has already been impressed by the fans rallying around the club at this troubled time and is confident Hearts can survive.

He said: "On the football side of things, we just start preparing normally for the home match against St Mirren on Saturday, which is looking like it's going to be a sell out.

"The fans have shown their willingness to rally round and put their hands in their pockets to help the club.

"We appreciate not everyone can help because there is a lot of hardship out there just now, but people are showing their generosity.

"Hopefully, we can move on from this and as a club be bigger and stronger for the situation we currently find ourselves in."