McAlis­ter de­lighted as los­ing streak ends

Evening Times - - SPORT - Graeme Macpher­son

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.”

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