Lee looking to end rollercoaster 2018 on a high

Defender Lee Kilday his looking to end 2018 on a high by helping Morton claim a positive result against Partick Thistle at Firhill in their final fixture of the calendar year.

Over the course of a rollercoaster 12 months the 26-year-old has fought back from a long-term injury that wrecked his 2017/18 campaign to start 24 of 25 fixtures this season, not to mention becoming a father.

In terms of the team’s performance, Kilday feels that this term has also been characterised by ups and down and believes that the Ton’s collective New Year’s resolution must be to find a level of consistency.

But he hopes they can start as they mean to go on and close out December by taking maximum points from tomorrow’s Ladbrokes Championship fixture against Gary Caldwell’s Jags.

Speaking with media officer Jonathan Mitchell to preview this weekend’s big match, Kilday said: “I think it’s important we get a good result tomorrow.

“Obviously Partick Thistle have been struggling this season and our form has been a bit inconsistent as well, so to get a positive result and end the year with three points would be great for everybody.

“Going into the New Year we have the game against Ross County next Friday and that comes pretty fast, so it’s about getting as many points as we can on the board.

“As a team our form has been inconsistent so far this season, so it would be good if we could rectify that in the New Year and have a good second half of the season.

“It has to be our resolution. If we want to push for a play-off place we have to be more consistent. In the last few games, we’ve been more stable, looking more solid.

“I know we were beaten by Inverness [Caledonian Thistle] last weekend, but we went down to 10 men and still should have taken something from the game.

“So I think if we can turn that into positive results and get the confidence levels high that would be great for everyone at the club.”

Reflecting on 2018 on a personal level, he added: “I was injured for the first half of the year and didn’t really play, but since the summer it’s been good to get back out the pitch and start almost every game this season.

“The birth of my baby daughter, Quinn, in September was a great feeling and that has certainly been one of my highlights of the year.”

Morton face the Jags for the fourth time this term when the clubs clash tomorrow. They have lost twice in Maryhill – 2-1 and 1-0 – but recorded a memorable 5-1 win at Cappielow last month.

Kilday recalled: “The boys were great the last time we played Partick and hopefully we can produce a similar performance. But we know Gary Caldwell has come in and made them more solid. It will be a hard game.”


Image: Gary Bradley