JIM Duffy believes Morton lacked their usual composure in front of goal against Dumbarton on Saturday — as the Greenock side struggled to break down a hard-working Sons outfit.

Ton left the Rock with a point from their opening Championship fixture but Duffy was disappointed not to come away with all three after creating so many opportunities.

However the manager praised Stevie Aitken’s men for digging deep and dealing with Ton’s attacking threat in the goalless draw.

He said: “It was a difficult match and we knew it would be.

“The conditions were difficult with the wind and that impacted the quality of the game.

“But we tried to win the game, we tried to impose ourselves on the opposition, but any times there were second balls that landed in the penalty box, we didn’t anticipate and maybe weren’t quite as sharp as we could’ve been.

“Scott Gallacher made a couple of good saves, there was a couple of balls peppered about the box but we just weren’t as sharp as we should’ve been in the final third. 

“It was a scrappy game at times.

“But we definitely thought we were the team most likely to win the game, you come to Dumbarton and they are very well drilled, very well organised. 

“Stevie does an outstanding job, so the first game of the season you get a point on the board, a clean sheet, you take that and you try and improve.”

Defender Michael Doyle passed up a terrific chance in the last few minutes of the game and Duffy explained his view of the miss. 

He said: “It was a bit of a mix-up and I think it went a bit behind him so he’s tried to scoop it into the far corner, that was symptomatic of our opportunities, there weren’t too many, but the ones that did come we weren’t composed enough to take advantage of.

“Defensively I thought we were very good, Connor McManus and Ricki Lamie did really well, Gats [Derek Gaston] was largely untroubled. 

“We’re a bit disappointed that we didn’t take all three points, but we take the one and try to improve for the next game. 

“Overall if you come away with a point away from home and a clean sheet, it’s not a bad point.”