Ibrox Stadium

Next Game

Rangers v Hibernian

Tuesday, 05 August 2014, 19:35

Petrofac Training Cup First Round

Butcher content with a point

New Hibernian manager Terry Butcher was satisfied with a point after his side held St Mirren to a goalless draw in his first match in charge.

Last Updated: 24/11/13 at 08:08 Post Comment

Terry Butcher: News Hibs boss content with a point at St Mirren

Terry Butcher: News Hibs boss content with a point at St Mirren

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

The home side had the better of the chances in the Scottish Premiership clash in Paisley, but Hibs held firm and Butcher is confident he has a solid foundation to build on at Easter Road.

He said: "Satisfactory is a good word, it was very satisfactory for me.

"It's a good solid start as far as we are concerned. We got a clean-sheet and we got the ball forward well.

"I thought we dominated in the second half and just couldn't get that goal that the Hibs fans were craving.

"I thought they were going to suck it into the net at one stage but it didn't quite go in.

"I'm delighted because we didn't know what to expect, we didn't know what we were going to get.

"But I thought, the more the game went on, the more cohesive they became, the more the understanding was there, the more we played in St Mirren's half.

"We wanted to give ourselves a platform and a foundation to work on and we certainly started that today."

Liam Craig was handed the skipper's armband for the match, a role which will be a permanent one in place of James McPake under Butcher.

Butcher said: "I wanted to see if Liam wanted the job and he said it's a fantastic honour. I thought he responded well today, he was terrific.

"James has got injury problems. We looked at him this week to play but he has a recurrence of his back injury.

"I felt that Liam is going to be out there more times than not. I like my captain in the centre of the action, either at centre-half or a midfield player.

"He's experienced, he's well-respected by the fans and the players and he leads by example."

St Mirren boss Danny Lennon was pleased with his players for matching the commitment shown by Hibs.

He said: "We knew that Hibs would be fighting and would bring a lot of energy and would be scrapping for a lot of balls.

"I thought the energy that Hibs brought was fantastic, you could tell the reaction of a new manager coming in.

"Boys want to go out and there and impress and you could see they were playing for that jersey.

"But I was absolutely delighted that we more than matched that today.

"I thought we had the better chances of the match but they didn't go in for us. It was a very valuable and hard-fought point for us."

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

ted, manchester
The Insecure Gossip

H

e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

notalentjones
Benteke ignoring speculation

I

n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

FairyNuff
Shaw told to shape up

Footer 365

Champions League: John Collins claims Celtic will have to be at best to get past Legia Warsaw

John Collins says Legia Warsaw pose a huge threat to his dream of Champions League football with Celtic this season.

Premier League: Daniel Sturridge confident Liverpool can shine without Luis Suarez

Daniel Sturridge believes Liverpool have the squad to handle Luis Suarez's exit and will challenge for top honours.

Transfer news: Simon Mignolet backs Liverpool target Divock Origi and welcomes Pepe Reina return

Liverpool are closing in on Divock Origi and the Belgium youngster has been tipped to shine in the Premier League.

Mail Box

Don't You Worry About Southampton...

We can't help but agree with one mailboxer who tries to calm the crisis-mongers gathering around Southampton, while we have mails on Man United's squad...

No Wonder Wenger Doesn't Buy British

That's if reports that Calum Chambers cost Arsenal £16m are to be believed. The English premium shows no signs of disappearing. Plus, worrying about poor Southampton...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property