MORTON captain Jim McAlister admits a win against Alloa Athletic today would give some much-needed daylight between Ton and the teams at the bottom of the table.

While the Greenock side are in sixth place, they are in danger of being dragged into a relegation battle if they do not pick up a few points in their next couple of games.

This weekend’s opponents are bottom of the table, with eight points separating the two sides, while both Falkirk and Partick Thistle above them have begun to pick up form of late.

Thistle have won three of their last five outings, while Falkirk have lost just once in their last nine games, against league leaders Ross County on Tuesday.

Morton, while in a favourable position at the moment, could increase the gap between themselves and the Championship’s bottom three teams with a weekend win.

They are also six points off the promotion play-off places, with Dunfermline putting together five wins in a row to move into fourth spot.

The club captain says they need to treat every game as a ‘cup final’.

McAlister told the Tele: “We need to look at each game on a cup final basis.

“The manager said that before the game on Saturday, take each game individually and don’t be looking too far ahead.

“I think that’s important and the incentive is there to put a good bit of distance between us and Alloa at the weekend, and it can hopefully put us a few points closer to the play-off places as well.”

Morton have lost their last two games against Alloa Athletic under Jonatan Johansson, with the part-timers proving to be difficult opponents for the Cappielow outfit.

Thirty-three-year-old McAlister says his side have to approach the game with the right mindset.

He added: “Apart from the first time we played them when we were quite comfortable, they’ve caused us a lot of problems since then.

“They’ve beaten us at Cappielow and beaten us back at their place. “We have to approach the game in the right manner and hopefully take the three points.”