MORTON manager Gus MacPherson admits his side's lack of cutting edge up front cost them dearly after they failed to kill off Alloa.

Ton registered 14 attempts on Neil Parry’s goal on Saturday afternoon but couldn't secure the win needed to lift them off the relegation play-off spot.

MacPherson has urged his players to find that extra bit of quality ahead of Friday night's showdown against Arbroath.

He told the Tele: “It was really frustrating that we couldn’t get that second goal that would’ve seen us in a really good position going into Friday’s game.

“I think we had three or four really good chances in the first half and we didn't get our noses in front when we really needed to.

“Then we get a sucker punch from a set-piece and suddenly we’re chasing the game.

“We were chasing and knocking the door in the final third after doing well to get back level.

“It was just the final ball or the quality of the ball coming in that was missing to create better chances for us.

“It’s frustrating but we can't ask for much more from the players in terms of their effort and commitment.

“They’re a credit to themselves and they’re kicking themselves that they never won.”