MORTON manager Jonatan Johansson was proud of his side’s display with 10 men — despite losing to Inverness Caley Thistle on Saturday.

The Ton started the game brightly but went a goal behind when Tom Walsh found the net on 17 minutes, before matters got worse after 34 minutes when defender Kerr Waddell was sent off.

The Caley Jags missed a penalty and a host of other chances before Aaron Doran got their second shortly after the break.

Substitute Scott Tiffoney pulled one back for the Ton later on with a great solo effort, but the hosts were unable to find an equaliser at Cappielow.

It extended their winless run in the Championship to six games, not picking up a league victory since beating Partick Thistle 5-1 at the start of November.

While the manager wants his side to improve their attacking intent, given the circumstances he felt his side gave a good account of themselves after going a man down.

He told the Tele: “It’s frustrating but it’s a funny feeling at the end.

"It was a silly mistake for the first goal and then the kids’ defending for the sending off.

“The way we reacted after the sending off with 10 men was excellent and I felt we still caused them problems with 10 men.

“I felt we started the game really well and I think the goal came against the run of play and the way we played with a man less in the second half was positive.

“I was disappointed with the way we lost the goal in the second half, but we knew Inverness were big and strong and with one man less it can be difficult to defend against set-pieces.

“But I came in after the game fairly proud and fairly pleased with everything, you can’t legislate for the mistake and the silly sending off.

“You have to be honest and realistic about that [Morton’s winless run] and we need to start picking up more points. It’s encouraging that we lost in that way.”

Johansson said he had no complaints about Waddell’s sending off, after the defender appeared to haul down George Oakley in the box, with referee Steven Reid sending off the Dundee loanee.

He added: “It looked like a stupid pull. It’s one of those things you have to adapt to and still think positively about.

“We tried to be positive after half-time and it’s obviously very disappointing, especially the way we were done for the penalty before that, and with the goal I felt we could have defended much better.”

Morton began the game brightly, having several chances to score in the opening period and Johansson was pleased with how his side started the game.

He said: “We haven’t started games well at home and I felt we had done that, putting in crosses and creating some half chances.

“We created at least three or four good chances, and scored off one of them. Bob [McHugh] had a shot and Tiff [Scott Tiffoney] had almost an empty goal before he scored, it’s just a shame we couldn’t get the second goal.

“I said to the players that it was by our own mistakes that we got the sending off and that we were 1-0 down but otherwise the play was good.

“I can’t be too hard on them and too disappointed because the play was good.”