EMBARRASSED Morton manager Kenny Shiels kept his emotions in check after Saturday’s 10-2 humiliation at Hamilton and simply admitted it was a demoralising defeat.

The Cappielow club closed out a catastrophic campaign with a double-figure defeat that has left them the subject of ridicule in Scottish football.

Shiels refused to savage his players at the post-match press conference but felt that they had ‘put the tools away’ and confessed it was one of his lowest moments in football.

He said: “I’m very down about it. We could have scored four or five goals ourselves, but it was as if the tools were put away.

“It was embarrassing and I’m really disappointed.

“Is it fair to say my players didn’t put pride into their performance today? No. But I think defensively speaking yes.

“If you look at the possession – I know it doesn’t matter; it’s a ridiculous statement – we probably had more of the ball than them.

“We conceded two goals, two silly goals, in the first few minutes. We couldn’t defend corners. But up until 3-1 we looked okay.

“We got ourselves back in it at 2-1 and were quite dominant for about 15 minutes. We were moving the ball better, but they scored the third and the heads went down all of a sudden.

“The goals seemed to come two in a minute, two in a minute, two in a minute; in that sort of sequence, which is definitely psychological.

“If you look at the way we played against Dundee when we won 1-0, this is very, very demoralising for everybody associated with the club.

“What did I say to the players after the match? I didn’t say anything. It was self-explanatory and reinforces my belief we have to make massive changes for next season. We definitely do.

“You don’t feel good after that, obviously, and it doesn’t help that we have all summer to dwell on it.”