MORTON manager Jonatan Johansson praised his side’s second half display as ‘one of the best home performances’ he has seen in his tenure after the Ton came from behind to draw 1-1 with Dundee United.

The visitors got off to a brighter start at Cappielow, and claimed the opener via a Frederic Frans header on 31 minutes.

But with 12 minutes to go, Gregor Buchanan’s first Morton goal was enough to earn the Ton a point. The Greenock outfit could have had more in the second period, having a ‘goal’ disallowed for offside and going close on several other occasions.

After the 3-0 defeat to Dunfermline Athletic, the manager was thrilled with his side’s positive reaction against one of the promotion favourites.

He told the Tele: “I didn’t think the first half was that poor, we didn’t create enough in the first half but I thought we were solid and we were done by a set play.

“After last week I felt it was natural for us to be a bit nervous and wary in the first half. I thought it was alright but I was disappointed with the set play.

“We were positive after half-time, and I felt the second half performance was one of the best home performances under me, we were excellent for 35-40 minutes and then it became a bit of back and forth towards the end of the game.

“I enjoyed it and we definitely deserved at least one point.”

The Ton were forced into several changes from last week’s defeat because of injuries and illness.

Kerr Waddell was ruled out with some knee trouble, while Jack Iredale had a tear in his hip flexor muscle.

Bob McHugh had also been ill the whole week with a virus, and hadn’t trained at all before the game, but earned a spot on the bench.

The manager applauded the forward’s commitment and desire to play through his illness.

He added: “We have so many injuries this week it made my decision easier to know who to pick and what formation to use.

“Everyone who was on the pitch really performed, I thought the passion and the character of the side to come back from being a goal down at half-time was excellent against one of the best teams in the league.

“Bob hasn’t trained, he’s been ill all week, and for him to come off the bench was great as well.

“Kerr and Jack were both out, so I only had four senior defenders in the squad to pick from. Bob told me an hour before the game that he wanted to be on the bench.

"Usually I wouldn’t have put someone on but because Bob has been great for me I put him on the bench.