Ross confident Morton will soon be back on track

Ross Forbes is confident Morton will soon get their Ladbrokes Championship campaign on track and reckons recent results have just been a blip after earlier going eight games unbeaten.

Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Ayr United saw the Ton slip to their third successive loss in all competitions following the 4-0 reverse away to Hibs and an Irn-Bru Cup exit at the hands of Queen’s Park.

Midfielder Forbes, though, says that their Betfred Cup form in particular is evidence of their capabilities and he believes that with continued hard work at training they will hit their stride again in the coming weeks.

The 27-year-old told “On Saturday, we started off quite well and had a few wee chances in the first half, and if we took those chances it’s a totally different game.

“I think we were on top and they didn’t really have many chances, but they came out in the second half, had more chances and took their goals well.

“We came out after half-time and lost an early goal and it knocked the stuffing right out of us. You have a good start and come out in the second half and want to build on it, but you lose a goal and it’s far from ideal.

“The confidence is low then and the second goal is a killer. I wouldn’t say our confidence is low in general, but when you have suffered a few defeats and you lose a goal, it is that kind of thing where you think: ‘Oh, here it goes again.’

“Obviously we’d like to be winning but there is still a lot to look forward to. We have our [Betfred] Cup quarter-final against Dundee United and it’s only five games into the league – so it’s not doom and gloom.

“We started the season really well. We went to Hibs and that can happen against a team of that quality. Last week against Queen’s Park was majorly disappointing. I don’t think we played well at all and got what we deserved.

“It’s only two defeats five games into a league season, it’s not panic button yet. We’re still confident. There are good players in there and we didn’t get to a quarter-final of the cup for nothing, so there’s a lot of belief.

“We’ve beaten two Premiership teams this season already, and every team has a couple of bad games, so hopefully that’s ours out of the way. We are back in training, working hard like we have been and looking for a positive result on Saturday.”

Ross threw his side a lifeline when he scored with a fierce free-kick five minutes from time – his second set-piece goal of the season following his sensational strike at Hamilton Accies – at Somerset Park on Saturday.

But he said it meant nothing without a reward for the team, adding: “Obviously it’s nice to score goals but it doesn’t really matter if you don’t win.”


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