Michael Tidser speaks with Jonathan Mitchell and looks ahead to tomorrow’s league fixture against Livingston, discusses the last meeting in the Irn-Bru Cup and his missed penalty, as well as the draw at Inverness last weekend.
Michael admitted the recent Irn-Bru Cup loss is still fresh in his memory but that playing the same opponents again so soon gives Morton an opportunity to put that disappointing display to bed. He said:
“We obviously played them just last week, so it’s still fresh in our memory. It’s well documented we were very disappointing.
“The boys know that, both individually and collectively as a team, so hopefully we can go out on Saturday and put on a better performance and try and get a result.
“Saturday is a big game for us, so hopefully we can put last Tuesday behind us and get a positive result.”
Although the teams will be familair with each other having faced off so recently, the playmaker feels there is no better manager in the division than Jim Duffy when it comes to formulating a gameplan based on the opposition:
“I think it will be a similar game, so I suppose it’s down to us to try and think of ideas of how we can hurt them this time.
“The gaffer is probably the best in the league when it comes doing that, so I’m sure he’ll come up with a couple of ideas and we’ll try and take them into the game and see where it takes us.”
After successfully converting two penalties against St Mirren, Tidser missed from the spot against Livi last time out, and the 27-year-old felt he over analysed the situation. He explained:
“It’s very seldom you’ll get three penalties in two games, so I had it in my mind that their goalie, [Neil] Alexander, might have been watching.
“My issue was that I probably over thought myself and just put my laces through it. It kind of summed up my night really.
“But you’ve got to back yourself again next time, and hopefully if we get another one I might get a chance again. I don’t know if that will be the case yet.”
Tidser spent the second half of the 2013/14 season on loan at Ross County from Rotherham. He knows how difficult opposition teams find it to take points home from the Highlands and so was pleased with a draw in Inverness:
“First half I don’t think were great; we were nowhere near our usual standards – but second half was the complete opposite. It felt like we were playing our natural game.
“We could’ve probably nicked it if truth be told. But if you said before the game you would get a point, you would take it up there.
“It’s obviously a long journey, and coming back can be a hellish journey if you don’t get the right result. Luckily we did and I would have personally taken it before the game.
“It’s a tough place to go, they’re a decent team and were in the Premiership a few months ago. It’s a good point and now we move on to Saturday.”
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