DEREK Gaston celebrated his 50th clean sheet for Morton on Saturday — then insisted he’s desperate to add to his tally this weekend against Falkirk.
Ton defeated Queen of the South 1-0 at Cappielow at the weekend, with Gaston making several key stops to keep the score down before Ross Forbes’ 54th minute winner.
And he reckons that, despite Ton’s lacklustre performance, they would take a similar scrappy display this weekend at the Falkirk Stadium if it guaranteed the points.
He told the Tele: “I think at the start of the game we would’ve taken a scrappy 1-0 win. I don’t think we were too bothered with how it came about.
“Obviously it’s nice to play attractive football but at the end of the day it’s all about getting the three points, and it was a crucial three points for us.
“I think this coming weekend [against Falkirk], if we were to win 1-0 with a shot going in off someone’s backside, we’d take that.
“It’s all about putting the points on the board. We’ve played some good stuff throughout the season and we know the fans like to see it, but it’s not always possible and it’s just about the result.
“It’s always nice as well to get a clean sheet. I’ll always look back on the season and count up how many clean sheets I’ve had, a bit like a goalscorer.
“That was my 50th for Morton so it was a personal wee accolade. In 153 games, that’s quite a good wee ratio of almost one in every three games. Hopefully I can keep that going for the foreseeable future and try to get closer to 100.”
The 29-year-old stopper believes Queen of the South have made their own job more difficult now having lost in Greenock, but he wouldn’t rule out the Doonhamers making a fist of their remaining fixtures.
Gaston says it’s now time for Ton to focus on their ambitions to climb as far up the table as possible.
He said: “Queen of the South now need to put a really good run together and hope that we stutter a bit. It’s a nice cushion to have and it’s a big ask for them.
“But it’s never over until it’s mathematically impossible.
“Priority over the last few weeks has been to secure the play-offs. Once we do that, we can then start looking at finishing as high up in the play-offs as possible.
“The last few weeks we’ve been looking at those below us more than those above us, because we know how big an achievement it will be to finish in the play-offs this season.
“A win against Falkirk this weekend would be massive for us, and that’s what we hope to go and get.”