McAlister delighted as losing streak ends
CAPTAIN Jim McAlister was happy to see Morton’s luck change as they ended a threegame losing streak with victory over Arbroath.
McAlister admitted frustration had been building at the Greenock side’s failure to collect any points despite being competitive in every match.
They were far from stellar on Saturday but an early Reece Lyon goal was enough to settle a scrappy contest.
McAlister said: “I think, with the unfortunate run we’ve been on, it didn’t matter how we got the result. It was just all about getting the three points.
“Arbroath have been magnificent since they’ve come up into the league so we knew it was going to be a right battle. Thankfully we’ve managed to keep a clean sheet and get the early goal.
“It’s a good win because we switch off from the league now and go to the Scottish Cup next week. The losing run was harsh because we had lost them all by the odd goal.
“It was three games we had been well in so it’s been frustrating. It’s different if you are losing games and getting battered by two or three goals, but we haven’t.
“So it was important that the boys showed character in this one and we did that. We dug deep in the last 20 minutes or so.
“We sat in and were getting deeper and deeper, but we could also have maybe nicked another one on the break towards the end.”
McAlister had a chance to score himself only for Arbroath defender Colin Hamilton to tackle him with a diving header.
He laughed: “It’s not a penalty. The boy has done unbelievably well – he’s won the ball with his head!
“I don’t know if that could maybe be deemed as dangerous play, but for me it’s not a penalty. I’ve been ready to take it by him and he’s dived at it with his head and defended it well.
“You are obviously going to claim for it but he’s done well. I’ve not faced many headed tackles on the ground!”
Arbroath team-mate Bobby Linn revealed this wasn’t a new move from Hamilton.
The winger said: “He does that kind of tackle in training all the time! He’s a mad man. It was a great interception as they could have got in and scored again.”