MORTON manager Jonatan Johansson was pleased with his side’s defensive solidity after securing a shutout against Dunfermline on Saturday.

The two Championship sides played out a goalless draw at Cappielow as they both looked to bounce back from Scottish Cup upsets.

The Ton had let in some sloppy goals recently, but they limited the opposition’s chances at the weekend.

The Pars managed to cut the Greenock side apart last month, dismantling the Ton in a 3-0 defeat at East End Park.

But the Ton boss was happy to see his side working hard to grind out a draw against the Fife outfit in a much-improved display.

He told the Tele: “We know they have quick players and would try to get in behind us so I changed it. I think they set up as if we were going to be a back five, but the back four looked good.

“It’s one of our bogey teams, we’ve not played well against them in both games before and Saturday was an even game, and a draw was fair.

“It wasn’t a classic in terms of the football played but I was extremely pleased in terms of our workrate and commitment, and with how solid we looked defensively.

“I would have liked to have created some more chances, some of our play was quite good, but I think the final ball let us down a bit again to be critical. But I can’t be too critical because I felt to a man they fought so hard together as a team.”

The manager threw both Rangers loan signings Robby McCrorie and Andrew Dallas straight into the starting line-up.

The pair only joined the club on Friday afternoon, having just one training session with the team before making their Cappielow bows.

Johansson said he had little worries about throwing them in, knowing what they are capable of doing from his time as Rangers assistant coach last term.

He added: “I felt McCrorie looked very good in goal.

“I know that from before and I think he will be Rangers number one some day.

“I felt Andy did well in the first half, working well with the ball and he was strong and held the ball up well, but he tired up in the last 20 minutes.

“It was a big decision to change the goalkeeper, but it’s because I know Robby from before, I know he’s an excellent goalkeeper.

“Derek [Gaston] is still feeling the injury from Ross County a bit so I made a choice to play Robby and I felt it was the correct one as he looked very solid.”