O’Ware disappointed not to have sneaked a win

Defender Thomas O’Ware admitted he was slightly disappointed to have drawn with Hibs on Wednesday and felt Morton might have been worth more on the night.

Stand-in skipper O’Ware believes he and his team-mates slightly edged the encounter and could have claimed all three points to close the gap on the league leaders.

The 24-year-old reckoned he could have been the one to make the difference had he converted a headed chance in the first half, but neither side would make the breakthrough and the match ended in a goalless stalemate.

Yet despite feeling Ton could have emerged with the victory, he also acknowledged that a share of the spoils away at the table toppers can only be seen as a positive outcome.

Speaking to gmfc.net after the match, he said: “If I’m honest, we’re disappointed not to sneak something. Apart from [John] McGinn’s shot hitting off the post, Gats [Derek Gaston] hasn’t really made any saves.

“He’s come for a few crosses and that, but I thought we defended brilliantly. Everybody: Nizzy [Aidan Nesbitt], Gaz [Gary Oliver], the midfield four …

“I thought that was the best that we’ve kept the ball. [Michael] Tidser coming in from wide and Forbesy [Ross Forbes], and the central midfield, I thought the four of them were brilliant.

“If I’m honest, I thought we were the better team. Coming here, we pressed them. I heard their players saying: ‘They’re pressing us high up!’

“So we definitely deserved a point, but I think we maybe could have sneaked all three; I could have scored with the header in the first half.

“[Efe] Ambrose has been clever. He’s nudged me just at the last minute, but that maybe would have went in on another night. But, no, we’ll take a point all day here.”

Here, there and everywhere … O’Ware clears his lines against Hibs on Wednesday               © David Bell

O’Ware put in an exceptional individual display at the heart of the back four to keep out Jason Cummings and Co and help his side to their third cleansheet in four matches.

Ton’s longest-serving player was especially satisfied with the shutout due to the fact he felt he had dropped below the levels he and manager Jim Duffy expect from him in last weekend’s home loss to Dunfermline.

He explained: “I was a wee bit frustrated with myself on Saturday. I let my standards drop a wee bit from what I’ve been doing so far this season, in terms of my performances defensively.

“The gaffer let me know that – and I totally agree with him. And I just felt very confident before the game tonight, looked after myself and was delighted with my performance.

“I thought myself, Ricki [Lamie], Marky [Russell] and Doyley [Michael Doyle] were excellent as a back four. We defended our box well, [dealing] with crosses coming in, shots and cutbacks, and restricted their chances.

“As a back four we were brilliant. Jamie [Lindsay] and Andy [Murdoch] as well, I can’t just name a few. We had a good foundation tonight and going forward we were good as well.”


Images: David Bell