JIM Duffy admits he was satisfied with a point against St Mirren — but was aggrieved at the two big penalty decisions that went against his side during yesterday’s 1-1 draw.

Ton were denied two spot-kicks, one in the first half when Robert Thomson was body-checked by Liam Smith and another in the second when Bob McHugh was seemingly tripped inside the area by Stephen McGinn.

Referee Kevin Clancy booked Thomson for diving despite apparent contact while McHugh was waved off by the whistler, and Duffy insists the man in the middle made the wrong calls.

He said: “There looked like there were at least one or two decisions that we were entitled to contest but they weren’t given.

“I think we had more than one strong shout for a penalty but the referee sees it how he sees it.

“I don’t think he had his best game this afternoon.”

It was an old-fashioned game of football with a lot of long balls and tough challenges flying in all over the place. And after Lewis Morgan gave the Paisley troops a half-time lead, Duffy explained that his players had to get their act together for the second half.

And that’s exactly what they did - going on to level through Thomas O’Ware and perhaps unluckily failing to grab a winner towards the end of the 90 minutes.

Duffy said: “St Mirren were better in the first half but we were better in the second and I think that was quite evident for everyone to see.

“They got a grip of the ball in the midfield and we stood off them a little bit and we were punished for it. But we managed to stay in the game and regrouped at half-time. We were then able to clear our heads a little bit and we were then on the front-foot.

“In the second half I thought we were well in control and maybe even a shade unfortunate not to nick it in the end.”

The Morton manager was quick to shower defender Michael Doyle with praise at dealing superbly with St Mirren’s talisman Lewis Morgan. 

The highly rated 21-year-old has been in fine form and is reportedly close to agreeing a deal with Celtic in the coming days.

But Duffy reckons right-back Doyle put the shackles on the Buddies hero and was desperately unlucky at the goal — because he was busy trying to intercept a Danny Mullen tap-in.

Duffy added: “I thought Michael Doyle had an outstanding game today against Lewis Morgan who is a top class young player. We asked Doyley to go out there and do a job and I think he did it really well - even though Morgan did score.”