MORTON boss Gus MacPherson is urging his side to go for goals as he looks to find the attacking edge which could push them up the table.

Ton have toiled in the attacking stakes over the last year, leaving them continually vulnerable to dropping points despite their resolute defensive reputation.

They currently sit second bottom of the Championship and have hit the back of the net just seven times so far.

It has been a particular problem away from home, where they have only hit the target once.

In their outing last week in the Challenge Cup they needed a penalty shootout to see off League One Montrose after a 0-0 draw.

MacPherson said: “We've scored six at home and it’s just trying to turn that belief into the games away from home and carrying a threat more often.

“That’s the objective for us now, to be more of a danger and to give ourselves more of a chance.

“It’s not just up front though, it’s the whole team that need to be doing that as a collective."

The Greenock men face a tough assignment on the road today as they travel to Inverness to meet the league leaders.

MacPherson said: “It would be good for us to sign off the first quarter with a good result.

"With the run of away games that we’ve got at the minute, it would be good to start picking up points away from home.

“Then it goes into the roles reversed with the fixtures going into the second quarter - we will have five at home which will be really crucial and four away, starting with Queen of the South.

“We’ve really got to start picking up more points in these away games but especially in next quarter with the five home games to try and capitalise on.

“The second quarter is going to be exactly the same as the first, it’ll be very competitive.

“This league will be like that throughout the whole of the campaign."

The manager believes his troops are unlucky not to have more points on the board at this stage, citing the 2-2 home draws against Arbroath and Dunfermline as games they could have won.

He believes that the signs of a good team coming together are there after more positive performances in recent weeks and feels his late summer signings are now getting up to speed with what is expected from them.

MacPherson told the Tele: “When you pick a team you need the right personnel in the right place.

“I think in the last two or three games we’ve certainly started to show that.

“We’ve been unfortunate not to have picked up more points, but that’s just this league all over with its competitive edge - it’s been a bit unforgiving at times.

“The people who I cannot fault though, are the players.

"They’ve been excellent and especially this week, there’s been an extra edge to training so that’s been good and will stand us in good stead going up to Inverness today."