Football - Butcher keen to forget hammering

Deflated Inverness boss Terry Butcher says his side must forget about their four-goal humbling at St Johnstone before it kills their confident start to the season.

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Terry Butcher wants to forget about Inverness' defeat

Caley Thistle arrived in Perth top of the Scottish Premiership table but trudged out of McDiarmid Park on the back of a one-sided result that saw slick St Johnstone tear the visitors apart.

Stevie May and Dave Mackay had the hosts two up at the interval before Stevie MacLean bagged a late double to really rub it in with a 4-0 final score.

But Butcher joked it was the type of result which had him contemplating the unthinkable and insisted it was a display better off forgotten.

He said: "It was the usual story of picking up 11 strangers on the A9. We were not at the races.

"I have to say fair play to St Johnstone - they were absolutely brilliant. Tommy Wright must be buzzing because we felt last week that we were very, very good by beating Hibs 3-0.

"But we've had a smashing in reverse and know how Hibs must have felt. Phew, it hurt.

"But that is not like us. I said to John Docherty, our kitman, throw that result and performance in the hamper and chuck it off the Kessock Bridge and hopefully we will never see it again.

"Just as long as he doesn't throw himself off - or I do - then we will be fine."

May exchanged passes with Gary McDonald before prodding home at the near post after 17 minutes as Saints - whose last win in the league was another 4-0 romp against Ross County on August 17 - got off to a flying start.

Another one-two combination from Mackay and May then set up the right-back to double St Johnstone's advantage nine minutes later, while Tommy Wright's side were just as clinical with their passing exchanges in the second period as May teed up MacLean to plant the ball in Dean Brill's bottom right-hand corner on 73 minutes.

And 20-year-old May notched up his third assist as he played in MacLean for his goal fifth of the season with a tap-in at the back post nine minutes from time.

That left Wright - who replaced Steve Lomas this summer - to declare his team's display as their best of his short reign in charge, surpassing that drubbing of County and their notable away wins over Rosenborg and FC Minsk in the Europa League qualifiers.

"To win and put in a performance like that is very pleasing," he said. "Especially as it was against a team that I rate very highly. They were not sitting at the top of the league for nothing.

"I said to the boys after the game that it had eclipsed our performances in Europe and the performance against Ross County because the quality of our play and the tempo which we performed at was the best we had done this season.

"I could not fault any of the players. They were excellent.

"And it was a really good performance from Stevie May. His link-up play is getting better and we are delighted with the partnership he has got with Stevie MacLean.

"But I'm pleased with them all and I don't like singling any of them out."

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