MORTON manager Jonatan Johansson says his side need to shake off their Jekyll and Hyde performances after slamming their ‘extremely poor’ defending in their 5-0 defeat to Ross County.

The Greenock side came home licking their wounds from the Highlands at the weekend after the league leaders were ruthless in dispatching the Cappielow side.

After their last heavy loss to Ayr United, Morton looked to have turned a corner after putting in improved displays away to Inverness Caley Thistle and then winning against Falkirk last week.

But the visitors were comfortably outplayed by the Dingwall side, who were runaway winners at the Global Energy Stadium on Saturday.

Johansson told the Tele: “Fair play to Ross County, we knew they would be a difficult team.

“They’re high on confidence and they’ve got loads of good forward players and good movement, so we knew they were going to be hard to beat.

“But the way we lost four of the five goals was just extremely poor and unexpected from looking at the team last week.

“It’s a worry when you don’t know what to expect and I said that to the boys. After the Ayr United game we worked really hard to become solid.

“We had two good defensively solid games, we picked up four points in two games and that’s why it was unexpected.
“It’s a worry as we gave away so many easy goals.”

Johansson admitted his side also didn’t stick to his original gameplan and said they were punished for simple errors.
Conceding just before half-time was a hammer blow to the Ton, who headed in two goals behind and were chasing the game.

The manager had looked to change the setup after the break by bringing on Bob McHugh, but his plans were foiled once again as the Staggies made it 3-0 just minutes after half-time.
He added: “We set ourselves up to be hard to beat and go more direct at the beginning.

“We didn’t do that for some reason, we lost that early goal and then I changed the shape to cope with them a little better and then I felt we’d go in at half-time.

“Then they lose a really poor goal just before half-time, and I think that was the most disappointing thing.

“We didn’t play well and when you come to places like Ross County, then you don’t expect to get much.

“The way they set up and being 2-0 down I felt we needed to keep the ball a little bit more in their half. I thought a second striker would do that.

“I didn’t think Charlie [Telfer] played any worse than anyone else on the pitch when I brought him off.

“I felt we had to try and get more pressure on their back four we got the early corner and we let in a goal, and that killed the game off.”