Duffy plays down ti­tle talk as Len­non eyes the tro­phy

The Herald - Herald Sport - - LADBROKES CHAMPIONSHIP - NEIL CAMERON

ONE man­ager is happy to talk openly about win­ning the ti­tle, the other has banned any men­tion of the sub­ject.

A win for Mor­ton over Hiber­nian at Easter Road this evening would take the Greenock side into sec­ond place in the Cham­pi­onship and seven points be­hind the lead­ers with a cru­cial game in hand.

It wouldn’t then be out­side the bounds of pos­si­bil­ity for the Lad­brokes Cham­pi­onship sur­prise pack­age of the sea­son to pull off some­thing in­cred­i­ble.

How­ever, should Neil Len­non’s men ex­tend their lead at the top, it would be dif­fi­cult if not im­pos­si­ble to see any­one catch­ing them at this late stage and then, at the third at­tempt, Hibs would re­turn to the Pre­mier­ship.

Len­non be­lieves the ti­tle would be his team’s to lose should they win. Jim Duffy, though, won’t al­low any­one to get too far ahead of them­selves.

“It would be great for the club and for the fans to talk about be­ing sec­ond or be­ing in­volved in a ti­tle chase; how­ever for me it is all about get­ting points on board,” said the Mor­ton man­ager.

“Get­ting some­thing from Easter Road would do that as op­posed to any­thing else. At the end of the sea­son we can look to see where our points have taken us. Also if we were to lose this game then Hibs would pretty much have a stran­gle­hold on the ti­tle.”

This is some­thing Len­non agrees with. Vic­tory would take Hibs 13 points clear of Mor­ton and Falkirk with just six matches left the North­ern Ir­ish­man is adamant it would re­quire a ca­pit­u­la­tion of mam­moth pro­por­tions for them not to fin­ish the job.

Asked whether a tri­umph would see them seal the ti­tle, Len­non said: “I think so. Psy­cho­log­i­cally, I would imag­ine it would take the mother of all col­lapses for us to give any­one a sniff.

“We have earned the right to be con­fi­dent. We have been pretty con­sis­tent, al­though there have been a few bumps along the way. But if we are go­ing to win we will need to play very strongly.

“They have had a great sea­son and they are a very dif­fi­cult team to play against.”

Should Len­non ul­ti­mately lead the cap­i­tal club back to the top flight, he ad­mits he will look back on a “frus­trat­ing” but “en­joy­able” cam­paign in a Cham­pi­onship that proved more com­pet­i­tive than he an­tic­i­pated when he took the role last sum­mer.

“It has been a pres­sure but I have en­joyed the chal­lenge,” said Len­non. “It has been frus­trat­ing at times and the di­vi­sion has been harder than I thought, be­cause it was so com­pet­i­tive.”

LEN­NON: ‘It would take the mother of all col­lapses for any­one to get a sniff’

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