LEE Kilday has revealed that a heart-to-heart talk with Morton manager Jonatan Johansson helped transform his displays over recent weeks.

After the Ton’s 3-0 loss to Dunfermline Athletic at the start of December, the Finn pulled aside both Kilday and fellow centre-back Gregor Buchanan for frank discussions with the pair about their performance levels.

Since then the Ton have improved considerbly at the back, picking up wins against Partick Thistle and Ross County in the last two weeks after ending a six-game winless run. 

The former Hamilton Accies defender believes harsh words were needed at the time and the squad are now reaping the rewards from Johansson’s talks with the 
players.

Kidlay told the Tele: “They spoke to us after the Dunfermline game and basically told us it wasn’t good 
enough.

“Since that performance I think we’ve been excellent. You can see from the performances that training has been really good as well.

“I did think it was justified. The Dunfermline game was probably the worst we’ve played this season and we weren’t good enough on the day. 

“The gaffer has been really good with us.”

The centre-back has been a regular figure in the Morton side this season, making 26 appearances so far.

It’s a sight the defender thought he would never see again, after a knee injury threatened to end his chances of pulling on a Morton jersey again.

Kilday is glad his hard work off the pitch last season while he was sidelined has paid off.

He added: “It was torture. It’s great just to be back playing football again. 

“It’s what I always wanted to do and I worked hard last year to make sure that happened.

“I got the chance to come back in and prove my fitness and thankfully I’ve done that.

“I feel my performances have been a bit inconsistent but over the last few weeks they’ve picked up and over the last few weeks we’ve deserved the victories and I’m just delighted to be back again.”

The defender believes the confidence is coming back to the team.

In their victory against County Kilday says their control over the game showed how positive the feeling is in the camp.

He added: “You could see in the first half how well they were passing it around. 

“We just kept our shape and frustrated them a lot, they had a couple of chances in the first half but nothing major, and over the past few weeks we’ve looked very solid.

“We knew what to expect and knew we had to stay solid and frustrate them. 

“When we went up there they passed it around too easily and we let them score too easily.”