MIDFIELDER Kyle Jacobs has warned that play-off rivals Montrose will be no pushovers as Morton prepare to carry on their fight for Championship survival.

The 29-year-old knows from experience how difficult tomorrow's first leg will be after losing at Links Park in the play-off semi-final first leg with former side Queen of the South two years ago.

Despite going into the double header as favourites against Stewart Petrie’s side, the Doonhamers lost 2-1 in Angus before getting the job done in the return leg at Palmerston.

Jacobs does not want any scares this time around and has called for his team-mates to bounce back quickly from last Friday night’s disappointment in Arbroath.

He told the Tele: “Tomorrow will be tough. I played against Montrose a few years ago with Queens in the exact same situation and they’re a good side.

“They beat us 2-1 at their place before Stephen Dobbie won the game himself back down at Palmerston, so myself and the boys know that we need to be at it from the first whistle if we want to stamp our authority on the game.

“They’re going to be on a high getting into the play-offs, so we need to be at it and make sure that we look like the team who wants it most and prove that we’re good enough to stay in the Championship.

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“We’ve had some good performances recently, most notably against Hearts and Dundee, but the results unfortunately haven’t matched that.

“We just need to make sure that we can see it out and get a result this time around.

“They’ll see it as an opportunity for them as well, they’ll have looked at our fixtures and saw that we’ve not scored a lot of goals.

“They’ll be thinking that they can do a job on us but we need to show that we’re more than capable of winning against them.

“It was important to regroup quickly after Friday, especially with how important this first leg is.

“They’ve played a lot of fixtures recently so we need to make sure that we can use that to our advantage, being a full-time team."

The midfielder admits seeing Ton safe would cap off a significant fortnight after the birth of his second child, Kai, on Monday.

While joking that getting used to a new-born’s routine again has been hard, becoming a dad for the second time and securing Morton's safety would be the perfect end to a tough season for Jacobs.

He said: “Getting used to being up every couple hours has been fun but it's all been worth it.

“Mum and baby are all okay which is the main thing so all we need to do now to top it off is to keep the club in the division.

“It’s been a tough year for everyone but we’ve got to look at ourselves for why we finished ninth.

“We all want to keep the club up and hopefully we can get a positive result tomorrow to start off that process."