MORTON manager Jonatan Johansson says his players need to be prepared for a totally different Partick Thistle side today from their last encounter.

The Ton host the Jags at Cappielow this afternoon, with Gary Caldwell’s men sitting in the relegation play-off spot in the Championship.

Johansson’s side last played Thistle back in December shortly after Christmas in Maryhill, coming away with a 2-1 victory.

But since then the Firhill outfit have been one of a number of teams in the division to overhaul their squad in the January transfer window, seeing 10 new players come in.

Since the window closed they have added to their team, bringing in experienced former Celtic and Australia striker Scott McDonald up front.

However, Johansson is hoping his men can continue their recent good form over Partick, with the Ton winning their last two fixtures against the Jags, scoring a combined seven goals in those matches.

He told the Tele: “When you look through the previous games we played them just after Christmas, and then they brought in 10 players in January, so it’s very much a different team.

“They’ve got different centre-backs, a different goalkeeper, strikers and offensive players in midfield. They’ve got a lot of new players with the same manager, and there are some similarities, but it’s a new team and a new game.”

Morton have had a quiet couple of weeks fixture-wise, only playing twice this month. Meanwhile Partick Thistle have had five fixtures in March, with several of their games being on Tuesday and Friday evenings.

It has given the Morton manager a rare opportunity to see Thistle in action several times, and he’s hoping it can help give them an edge.

He added: “Partick have been playing a lot on Tuesdays and Fridays and we’ve seen them around four times since our last game so that’s a good thing.

“It is helpful, it’s good to see things live and outwith the cameras that they don’t see.

“They’ve played quite well at times and changed their formation a lot.”

The Ton have conceded just once at Cappielow in 2019 from five games, the one goal coming against Falkirk earlier this month.

And Johansson believes his players are more than capable of continuing their good run of form on their home turf.

He said: “I’ve said to our players about our last eight games and that it is mainly about ourselves, how we play, how we set up and how we create an identity here ourselves, which we’ve done quite well at Cappielow. Hopefully that continues.”