Post-match reaction to Inverness CT's 1-0 victory over Aberdeen.
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Inverness manager John Hughes feels his side were rewarded for their perseverance after they claimed a 1-0 victory at Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership.
Hughes took charge of Caley Thistle in place of Terry Butcher at the beginning of last month, but had seen his team win just one league game prior to Saturday's trip to Pittodrie.
However, midfielder Danny Williams, who has been handed his chance under Hughes, netted the only goal against the Dons with a powerful drive off the underside of the bar midway through the first half.
"We worked exceptionally hard, but that's a given. If you don't do that, you'll be beaten," Hughes said.
"I felt throughout the game we had the best chances. We played it great and were fantastic on the counter-attack. On another day we could have had a few more goals.
"We were a little concerned with the lack of height and physical presence in our side with the players suspended and injured, but we dealt with it very well. I felt it was a game power-play against a team that wanted to counter-attack and play a bit of football, and we won out."
Although results have not gone their way over the busy Christmas period, Hughes is beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel as a more normal fixture pattern emerges.
"The boys have been playing really well since I came in," he said.
"They've not been getting the results, but they've shown a great spirit and been playing good football. They're only going to get better with confidence and momentum.
"I don't get involved in league tables. I just look at the work being done on the training pitch and I'm starting to see the work we're doing there manifest itself in our play.
"For me as a coach, that's really, really pleasing. We don't get carried away, just look ahead to the next match."
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes, meanwhile, is looking to see his side once again show the kind of character that has kept low points to a minimum this term.
The former St Johnstone boss concedes his side had an off-day, but is not fretting over it after seeing his men come through similar tests earlier in the campaign.
McInnes said: "We didn't bring the level of performance that we're capable of. Even though we're on a good run and the players have been playing well, it doesn't become automatic that you play well and the game's won.
"It was a bad day for us but that can happen. Knowing these boys and the types that they are, they'll respond in the right way."
After a 4-3 win at Inverness last month, and a 1-0 home win at Pittodrie earlier in the campaign, McInnes had been expecting a close contest and that was exactly how things panned out.
He said: "I anticipated a tight game as we've had two tight games previously against Inverness earlier in the season, and credit to them.
"They got after us and put good pressure on us and they countered on us well. The goal came from a good counter-attack, so you have to credit them for that."