Terry Butcher believes Inverness' 4-0 triumph over Dundee United was the perfect riposte to those who have criticised his side this season.
Despite only losing to Motherwell and Celtic this season, as well as progressing into the last eight of the Scottish Communities League Cup, Caley Thistle have come in for criticism from some quarters having previously drawn five of their seven SPL games and conceding 16 goals in the process.
But after a comprehensive victory over United, Inverness manager Butcher said: "I'm very pleased, especially for the players. They have taken a lot of hassle and crap from people this season who have been writing them off. That performance against Dundee United was the perfect answer."
Richie Foran's first-half double was added to after the interval by Andrew Shinnie and on-loan Arsenal forward Philip Roberts as Inverness claimed their first Clydesdale Bank Premier League triumph in eight attempts since the campaign started.
Butcher added: "It was a fantastic performance. We didn't start the game particularly well, but after the first goal went in we dominated the game and could have scored even more goals."
United boss Peter Houston was left disappointed with how his team capitulated and apologised to the fans for what was an abject display in the Highland capital.
He said: "If there's a self-destruct button to hit, we know how to hit it. For the first half-hour we were the team in the ascendancy, but Sean Dillon gives away the ball for the opening goal and Richie Foran scores.
"For their second goal we should have defended the back post better, but in the second half we were extremely poor. It's a huge disappointment and I apologise to the Dundee United fans. It was an embarrassment."
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- Terry Butcher