DAVID Hopkin has hailed the character of his players after seeing them salvage a point at the death against Arbroath.

Sean McGinty’s header in the third minute of second-half stoppage time put Morton back on track after Tuesday night’s defeat to Inverness.

The Ton manager praised his side after they rallied late on to rescue a draw after a hectic schedule.

He told the Tele: “You could tell that it was our fifth game in under two weeks.

“We looked leggy and I wanted to make a few changes that I knew that we couldn’t because we had some players who hadn’t played for a few weeks.

“I’d said to the boys after the game, ‘good teams keep going’ and I thought that the fans were magnificent.

“You could see that they were a wee bit edgy towards the end of the game but the longer it went, you could understand why because Arbroath don’t concede many goals, especially from corners.

“It was a great corner from Nicky Cadden and it’s met by a towering header by Sean McGinty. It’s got us a point and I’m absolutely delighted.

“We weathered the storm quite well and Danny Rogers only had one save to make in the first half, but again we conceded an absolutely horrendous goal.

“It’s schoolboy defending. They should be clearing their lines from there — it was just poor.”

Morton suffered a setback when Reghan Tumilty, was replaced over fears he had suffered concussion.

Hopkin was delighted with the impact of his substitutes who changed the game and praised his players’ reaction to their agonising defeat against Inverness.

The Morton boss said: “We lost Reghan because the club doctor was a bit worried about him having concussion. 

“We’ve had to make negative subs in the last few weeks which is taking away from what we’re trying to do because we have wide players on the bench, like Craig McGuffie, who want to keep the tempo of the game up.

“I was delighted with the impact of John [Sutton] and Bob [McHugh], because they gave us a focal point up top and we’ve had to grind a result out, which I’m pleased we did. 

“On another day it should’ve been a 0-0 or a 1-0 win for us, it was just a poor goal for us to concede.

“We conceded with 20 seconds to go against Inverness, so the boys have responded greatly to come back and get a point like that. 

“I think we’ve only lost once in our last nine now.

“We want to win every game but this is a very hard league to win games in and we’ve managed do that with a couple of back-to-back wins and a couple of draws as well, so we just need to keep building now.”