MORTON manager Jonatan Johansson says playing three games in the space of a week was ‘tough’ on his squad.

The Ton played Inverness Caley Thistle last Saturday, before hosting Queen of the South three days later and Falkirk on Friday.

Several players picked up injuries in that time, with Bob McHugh suffering a hairline fracture on his leg against Queens, while captain Jim McAlister was sidelined by his ongoing stomach virus which has plagued him this season.

A number of the side’s older squad members also had to be rested during the midweek games.

But there were some positives after forward Gary Oliver returned to the bench after picking up an ankle injury last month. Johansson feels his side fared well against Falkirk despite their opponents having a week’s break as an advantage.

He told the Tele: “You could see a little bit of fatigue creeping in with some of our players towards the end of the game.

“It was tough for us, they had a week’s rest and we played three really tough games. It was hard on the players physically but I felt they stood up to it really well.”

The Ton boss also reserved praise for goalscorer Greg Kiltie, who he says has made big improvements after joining on loan from Kilmarnock in January.

He added: “He’s looking really sharp now, he hasn’t played a lot this season and you can see he’s getting better and sharper with each game.  He put in a man of the match performance on Friday.”