Ricki: We’re better than Saturday suggests

Defender Ricki Lamie has admitted Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Falkirk wasn’t good enough but feels the squad have shown they have more in their locker and need to start proving it on a more regular basis.

Morton have thrashed rivals St Mirren 4-1 at Cappielow, produced an incredible fightback to defeat Dunfermline 3-2, vanquished Queen of the South in Dumfries, and recorded high-scoring victories over Falkirk and Brechin.

These are the sort of results that Lamie points to when he says the the Sinclair Street side have proven they are capable of producing impressive results.

But the 24-year-old reckons the whole team have to improve upon their offensive play, both in terms of the creation and conversion of goalscoring opportunitues, in order to find the the consistency they are striving for.

He told gmfc.net: “It was another frustrating game for everybody. They definitely came and brought the game to us first half, even though I would probably say we had the better chances.

“They put their presence on it more, but you look at the goal-line scrambles that we had, then we could have went in at least [on] level pegging.

“But obviously, aye, they were looking hungry for it and looking lively, so it was disappointing. Overall, it wasn’t good enough. We all realise it.

“We need to cut that out, coming away frustrated and disappointed. We need to make it better, to a man, everybody, to improve our performances and find that ruthlessness.

“We need to find that cutting edge that we’re missing. That’s not just attacking players. It’s right across the pitch, whether it be deliveries into the box, or through passes in forward areas, or forward passes from deeper areas.

“The effort and desire is there but we are struggling to come up with that bit of magic just now. Everybody is hurting, because we know we’re better than what we are showing.

“We’ve showed it in patches this season and taken three or four goals off teams. Some of our performances have proved we have got it in the locker, but we’ve just not been able to come up with it on a consistent basis yet.”

The country has experienced snowfall throughout the day, and Harthill-based Lamie revealed he could not make training this morning after being left stranded.

He explained: “Most of the boys managed to get in. Myself and big Derek [Gaston] didn’t. I had the hazard lights on – I was stuck about a mile away from my house for ages.

“A bus had got stuck at a corner where I leave to come up onto the motorway, and when I put the brakes on the car drifted into the side of the tracks and the rear-wheel drive wouldn’t go again.

“So I had to sit with the hazards on, and after about an hour and 45 minutes, two boys stopped in a delivery van and helped me push it out.

“It was chaos. My dad scraped the driveway before he left this morning, about 8am, and it’s another four or five inches on top of that.

“Big Gary Harkins and that are down Greenock way and they were saying it wasn’t too bad. Most of the boys managed to get it and train, so that was good.”


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