MORTON defender Brian McLean feels that there is no better fixture to go into than facing fierce rivals St Mirren after their nightmare performance against Raith Rovers.

The central defender says that they will be looking to make sure that Saturday’s mauling against Raith was only a one-off as they face off against the Premiership side in the Betfred Cup showdown tomorrow.

McLean believes that he and his team-mates go into tomorrow's Renfrewshire derby against St Mirren with a point to prove.

He told the Tele: “We’ve got a brilliant game tomorrow night against St Mirren to go right into and hopefully right those wrongs.

“I think it’s the perfect game for us to go into, it’s disappointing that we’ve got an extended break from the league but the games don’t come much bigger than these two in the cup.

“We need to refocus ourselves and there’s no better chance to do that than against your biggest rivals in their back garden, so we’ll be going out to prove a point that it was only a one-off.

“Our decision-making wasn’t great against Raith by any stretch of the imagination and it is a really sore one to take losing five sloppy goals like that.

“We have been pretty solid as a group and instead at the weekend we were only pressing in ones or twos.

“Although Raith were passing the ball about pretty well, we need to pick our times better as to when we go and press to win the ball back.

"It’s something that we will take into the game tomorrow night in Paisley, that’s for sure.

“We need to improve in our performances individually and collectively and we will fix it.

“If we can do that then it will result in a better performance over the course of 90 minutes.

“We need to back each other up and that didn’t happen on Saturday, which is really disappointing.

“We need to look ourselves in the mirror, dust ourselves down and right the wrongs from the game when we play St Mirren.

“We’ve got two games coming up in quick succession, so you want to try and get back on track as quickly as possible.”

McLean says that they can't afford to dwell on the Stark's Park defeat ahead of the trip to Paisley.

The former Motherwell stopper is determined to prove any doubters wrong with a strong performance as he remains confident that Ton can turn it around.

He said: “I’m 35 years of age so I’m not going to get carried away by anything, but you’ve got to take everything into consideration without going too deeply into it.

“I do think that the performance was a one-off, it doesn’t make it any easier, but we did keep going up until a certain point.

“We still wanted to try and nick a goal but it’s up to us to turn it around and prove it was only a blip.

“This is where we really show what we’re made of by coming out the other side of this fighting and proving that we are a good side.

“Some people might want us to fail but we need to face that and deal with it and look to ram it down people's throats and we look forward to doing that, especially this week."