GARY Oliver has today stressed Morton must not dwell on their narrow defeat to Dundee.

The returning Ton striker insists that he and his team-mates must put the disappointment behind them as they look to bounce right back against high-flying Ayr United when they welcome the Honest Men to Cappielow on Saturday.

Oliver came close to snatching a late equalising against the Dark Blues on Saturday.

But the striker says he has tried to put his last-minute effort out of his mind as he looks to fire the Ton back to winning ways after a positive showing from the bench.

He told the Tele: “It was one defensive mistake that cost us the game up at Dens Park, but apart from that I thought that we defended well and limited Dundee to very little.

“We had a few chances late on and we’d kept them hemmed in their own box for the majority of the last 20 minutes with 10 men, so we need to take positives from the game and not let our heads drop at all.

“We were more than a match for a team who boast guys who have played at the highest level, it shows how good we are as a team.

“I probably should’ve hit my shot across the goalie with my left foot at the end, but in hindsight it’s dead easy to say that.

“But when you’re there in the moment, I thought it was better to try and do a wee step over and then get a shot away to his near post but the defender got a block in.

“But I felt sharp and created a few chances, so hopefully I’ve done enough to stake a claim for next week and help us get three points against Ayr.

“The games don’t get easier, but we’ve got a really good and broad squad here.

“The gaffer changes his tactics to what he feels suits the team we’re coming up against and we’re more than able to play in the way he wants us to play.

“We’ll be ready for them."

Ton and Ayr have had positive starts to their campaigns and Oliver is expecting an interesting contest against Mark Kerr's men.

The ex-Queen of the South man hopes that he can conjure up some old memories of his brace down at Somerset Park during his first spell at Ton in 2017.

He said: “It’s going to be an intriguing contest with our defensive record and their scoring record coming into things.

“It’s two in-form teams who have started their seasons well coming up against each other, both teams have made good signings and it’ll be a good battle at Cappielow.

“I remember the last time I was here and we’d played Ayr, I managed to score a brace and it was chucking it down that night, so hopefully I can produce something similar to that if the gaffer sees fit.

“It’s crucial that we bounce back after the Dundee game, we can't let it get us down so we need to get a positive result.

“We’ve shown that we can go toe-to-toe with the better teams in the league. If we can do it with them then we can do it with all of them.”