Duffy ecstatic with ‘terrific’ point

Morton manager Jim Duffy was absolutely delighted when he spoke to the media post-match after Tuesday’s draw with Dunfermline Athletic.

The experienced manager said:

“I thought it was a terrific point. We haven’t played for over two weeks now and to come to Dunfermline – who are a really good side with tremendous fire-power – I thought we competed really well and the fitness and attitude of the players was terrific also. It was a very deserved point.”

Praising Ton’s equalising goal-scorer Gary Oliver, Duffy commented:

“Luckily for us, we have had a couple of closed-door games and he scored in those. That helps: it doesn’t matter what type of game it is, as it shows to himself that he does have the ability. He has been absolutely terrific for us in his link-up play as you can see tonight; I thought he was outstanding. Getting that goal, though, was a huge boost for him and I am sure it’ll give him a lot of confidence.

He does contribute a lot in for our team. He chases every lost cause and puts defenders under pressure. As long as he is contributing, I am happy. If he gets goals, that is just a bonus. The players love to score and that is the most important thing. Overall, it was a really good team performance.”

Duffy felt his side were trying to “find their feet” in the first-half of last night’s match.

“It was a very fortuitous goal as one player goes to clear it and it hits off of one of our players and then falls invitingly. That was disappointing for us but then we showed a great response. In the second half, I felt it could have went either way as they had a couple of half chances and we had one really good one with Thommo [Robert Thomson] but the keeper had a good save – although there weren’t many saves for either to make tonight. As I have said, to come here I am delighted we have gained a point.”

Talking of Luca Gasporotto who joined on an emergency loan recently, Duffy said of the Canadian:

“I thought Luca was terrific. It was good to have him back in as he gave us that presence that we know he can do. We looked at one or two systems in the first-half and re-jigged it a bit in the second half. Without it being a classic football match, especially with the weather conditions – with the swirling wind, but the pitch was great so we are happy. Allan [Johnston – Dunfermline boss] may not be the same as his side are at home and would have wanted all three points but for us, we are happy.”

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