GARY Oliver believes Morton can turn their season around if they ditch the long-ball tactics for a passing style of play. 

Ton suffered their fifth defeat of the season on Saturday when they went down 2-0 to leaders Inverness and they travel to face Queen of the South at Palmerston this weekend in search of their first win since August.

Oliver insists Ton need to utilise the skills of both midfielders Reece Lyon and Jaakko Oksanen by playing on the deck.

The Ton hitman has today backed the midfielders to spark a revival against Allan Johnston’s Doonhamers.

He told the Tele: “We have guys who can dictate games for us in the middle of the park like Jaako and Reece, but they’re as well sitting in the stand if we’re just going to bypass them and not believe in ourselves.

“Guys like them need to get the ball into feet. We know with guys like them we just need to create an angle and they’ll find us.”

“When we’ve done that this season we’ve caused teams problems, so we just need to get back to doing that.

“We’ve got boys who can do it and do it well. 

“We just need to forget about the last couple of games and take it into the Queen of the South game on Saturday.”

The Ton striker says it will take time for the team to fulfil its full potential. 

But Oliver believes the players have shown what they are capable of in the 2-2 draw against Arbroath and reckons they have the character to get through their difficult spell.

He said: “It’s a new squad, it’s not going to happen overnight, but you can see that everyone’s getting used to how we play and that it’s slowly coming together.

“I’ve been in squads where it takes ample amount of time to gel. Sometimes it’s two weeks, sometimes it’s six weeks. 

“You just can’t predict these things.

“We’ve got good enough players in this squad to turn it around and we know we can do it.

“All it’s going to take is one result to change our fortunes and hopefully we can get that result this weekend.

“We’ve shown the character that we have in the squad on more than a number of occasions already this season, we just need a bit of luck to go our way.

“We showed it against Arbroath where we went into half-time a goal down against the run of play and we managed to get ourselves back in front and put ourselves in the driving seat.”

Morton have found the net just seven times in the Championship so far this season.

The former Hearts youngster says they will need cool heads in the final third to reverse their goalscoring shortage.   

He said: “You can see when we’re passing the ball into feet and moving it about quickly we have good players.

“I think we sometimes panic too quickly and go long when we don’t need to. 

“We need to have a bit of confidence in ourselves.”