JACK Iredale insists Morton players need to stick together if they are to avoid relegation.

Following the Ton’s 2-1 loss to Alloa earlier in the week, the Greenock side are now one of five teams in the Championship who could face the drop.

The left-back says there were frank talks in the dressing room after their loss to the Wasps.

Morton have the worst form in the division, with no wins in their last six.

However, Iredale believes their fate is still in their own hands, and has warned they need to turn their poor form around immediately to start climbing away from the relegation places.

He told the Tele: “There were some words said by the management team and the experienced players. 
“We had a chat about what’s happening and what needs to happen.

“We need to stick together and get ourselves out of it — it’s in our own hands.

“We have four tough games and there’s no hiding from the fact we need to pick up points.”

The left-back was frustrated at his team’s performance in the second half against Jim Goodwin’s side at Cappielow, saying they let the game slip away.

He added: “At half-time we felt quite comfortable, we were finding what worked and we figured out where we needed to tighten up.

“I thought we did that really well in the second half, we got the goal and the way we finished from that was poor.

“The fans are obviously going to be disappointed after a result like that and you can’t blame them.”

This is the first time the Australian has been embroiled in a relegation battle in his career.

After progressing through the ranks at Perth Glory and ECU Joondaloop, the 22-year-old was part of a promotion play-off challenge with Morton for much of last season.

It’s a new experience for Iredale, but he says it’s something that comes along with the pressures of football.

He added: “Growing up in Australia you’re not faced with relegation or promotion, the focus is on development and playing freely.

“But now it’s relegation and promotion – positive pressure and negative pressure. It’s new for me but it’s what you have to expect when you’re a pro footballer, you have to deliver when it matters.

“It doesn’t matter who you are, you don’t want to lose. 

“It doesn’t matter who you are, what club you play for or what level you’re at, as a professional athlete losing is the worst, and no-one wants to do that.”