JIM Duffy says he was delighted to see his team show their attacking side against Edinburgh City as Ton ran out emphatic 5-0 winners at Cappielow on Saturday.

Playing with a 4-3-3 formation, Morton strolled to victory against the Edinburgh part-timers with all three forwards getting on the scoresheet for the home side.

With key defenders Thomas O’Ware, Lee Kilday, Ricki Lamie and Darren Barr all out, Duffy explained during the week that he wanted his midfield and attack to carry the burden, as opposed to his new makeshift defence of natural midfielder Connor McManus and Jack Iredale.

So he was thrilled that Robert Thomson and Bob McHugh bagged doubles, Jai Quitongo netted and Ross Forbes, Michael Tidser and Andy Murdoch flew forward in waves throughout the clash.

The manager had every reason to beam about his players on the final whistle.

He said: “We played well. We had to show a bit of patience in the first-half because I felt that we played well but just didn’t capitalise. 

“I think Calum Antell played really well and made two or three fantastic saves but we just said at half-time ‘we need to keep working at it, take your chances and eventually you might get your rewards’ and I think we did that.

“For strikers it’s always good to score goals and all three did score. That’s pleasing as a coach and clean sheets are important as well. 

“You want a wee bit more conviction in front of goal and by in large we did that.

“We hit the target a lot which is important, their keeper had a lot of saves and we had shots pepper their goal. 

“I think Edinburgh City were maybe understandably tired after playing Motherwell during the week and maybe didn’t have the same energy levels, so we take things in context.

“And in context, it was a good performance and we’re delighted with the win.”

The manager was also thrilled with new signing Jack Iredale’s performance alongside fellow new boy Connor McManus as the pair were able to come out of the game unscathed - and most importantly with their clean sheet intact.

He added: “Jack making his debut and Connor not being a recognised centre-back, the two of them did very well. I’m delighted. 

“We know they can play with the ball at their feet and I thought the two of them, only knowing each other a couple of days, did really well.

“You enjoy the day, when you score five goals, you’ve got to be pleased.”