MORTON defender Michael Ledger believes games against the other bottom five team will define their season.

Gus MacPherson's men have suffered back-to-back defeats against the Championship's top two teams Raith Rovers and Kilmarnock.

But with a 14-point gap opened up between fifth and sixth and only one point separating the bottom five, the Englishman insists points picked up against their fellow strugglers will matter the most.

Ledger says it's crucial Ton start picking up more points and believes wins against the likes of Hamilton Accies, Queen of the South and Ayr United could be pivotal.

He told the Tele "We've now played the top two teams in the league back to back and we’ve got to remember that it’s the games against the teams in and around us that will help to push us up the league.

“I’ve never seen a league like this before with it being split into two and then the two mini-leagues being so tight. It’s crazy.

“From our point of view, we need to keep an eye on ourselves and we would really like to have more points on the board, but it’s been a tough run of games.

“It doesn’t get any easier, but we just need to keep working hard and stick together. The group is still really tight and we believe in ourselves.

“The level of performance on Saturday was good but we just need to get points on the board now."

The 24-year-old believes Ton put in a good performance to run the Kirkaldy side so close over the course of 90 minutes and can take positives from their display.

He said: “Raith are a good team who play really good football, probably the best in the league, and they have some top footballers in their side.

“The fact that we’ve gone to Kirkaldy and pushed them in the way that we did, we should be trying to take a positive from that.

"It is the result itself that’s the frustrating element, it’s tough to take."

Ledger held his hands up for losing Ethan Ross for Rovers’ second goal at the weekend.

He admits that he couldn’t tell whether the former Aberdeen kid was offside despite his team-mates' protests.

He added: “Some lads seem to think that the second goal was offside and some don’t.

"I've not seen it back yet but we just need to look at it and see how we can improve on it.

“From my point of view, I probably could’ve done better, getting narrower in the shape and potentially be able to cut out the pass from there.

“It was a good finish from the young lad, but he shouldn’t be getting the ball there in the first place.”