Forbes: Saturday was a statement of intent

Ross Forbes reckons Saturday’s win over Queen of the South was a real statement of intent from Morton in terms of their Premiership play-off aspirations.

The Ton put 10 points between themselves and the Doonhamers in fifth position with their 1-0 triumph at the weekend as well as moving above Dundee United into third.

Midfielder Forbes feels that picking up maximum points from such a testing encounter against a side who could have closed the gap on them has the potential to prove significant.

Speaking to, he said: “I think it was a big statement. Three points was vital and 10 points is a big gap. They have eight games left to play, so it would take them to win at least four and us to lose every game.

“So it was good for us for that, a big statement of intent, and we go above Dundee United now, and that shows how good a season we’ve had so far.

“Saturday was difficult. You could see it was two teams that were really wanting to win and maybe not wanting to make a mistake.

“It was one of those games where we never got started in the first half, but I didn’t think we were troubled and played better in the second half. In the end, we got there and it didn’t really matter.

“Saturday against Falkirk is another big game. We’ll go there looking to do well and hopefully get the three points. But we know how hard it will be: they’re a good team and they’re on a good run at the moment as well.”

In the spotlight … Forbes and Nesbitt interviewed by BBC Alba after Saturday’s match        © David Bell

Forbes netted the winner against Queens with a deflected strike and insisted there was no doubt that he had reached a dozen for the season rather than Jamie Hamill putting through his own goal.

He insisted: “I’ll take any goal that comes, a tap-in or from 30 yards; they’re all as important as each other. I think it was on target and the wee nick just took it by the goalkeeper a wee bit more.

“Would the keeper have saved it if there wasn’t a touch on it? No chance! Nah, I’m kidding on. You never know, he might’ve. But, listen, it’s in and that’s the end of it!”


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