MORTON manager Jonatan Johansson says his side made life difficult for themselves after they had to come from behind again to earn a point.

The Ton drew 1-1 with Queen of the South on Saturday at Palmerston, and for the second game in a row they had to hit back from a goal down after drawing 1-1 with Ayr United by the same scoreline last week.

The Cappielow outfit have earned 10 of their current points tally of 36 after going a goal down in the Championship.

While the manager was pleased to see his side bounce back for the second time in a matter of days, it’s a trait he feels Morton need to get out of their systems quickly.
He told the Tele: “We made it difficult for ourselves on Saturday.

“I felt the first half wasn’t good enough from us apart from right at the start. We should have scored, Gary Oliver missed an empty net, but after that I didn’t think we played well enough.

“The second half was better, we were braver on the ball and we showed more energy.

“Both teams looked tired after having midweek games. You could tell that and it wasn’t a pretty game, but the way this league is with a 10-team league, with so much at stake with every game, the football sometimes suffers because of it.

“There are so many teams there with so little points between them. We had two tough away games this week, we were determined not to lose either of them.

“We went behind in both of them and came back after half-time. I’m happy in that sense, but I’m not happy with us losing sloppy goals, conceding the first goal and then having to fight back, which we managed to do on Saturday.”

Kyle Jacobs opened the scoring in Dumfries with a stunning strike, firing in from 25 yards out.

But the manager was disappointed with his side’s defending for it, and their mentality in the first period as they defended further and further back.

He added: “We were dropping deeper and deeper. We needed to be braver and push further up the pitch. Playing with three at the back we didn’t want to play with a five, we wanted to push up.

“Jacobs had loads of time outside our box and you can’t do that, it’s a good finish but it was a poor goal from our point of view.”

The Ton stuck with the same starting line-up from their last outing against Ayr United on Tuesday night.

The manager says a lack of fit available options across the park meant he had to stick with the same team.

He said: “We are short in numbers and have a long injury list. We have our two senior strikers out, the midfield is missing senior players out and we had three or four younger players on the bench as well.

“There wasn’t much we could do but I felt everyone played well last Tuesday against Ayr so they deserved to start again.

“I thought we played much better on Tuesday than we did on Saturday, so I didn’t see much of a need to change it.”