REACTION: McCann and MacPherson on Caley’s win over Morton
Neil McCann said the goals from his side were “exceptional” and that the group of players are all working for each other, whilst Gus MacPherson was frustrated in the manner that his team fell behind. Taylor Murray reports.
Morton dropped into the relegation playoff spot on goal difference after losing 4-1 to Highland team Inverness at Cappielow, whilst the away team moved up into the playoff spots at the top of the table, overtaking Dunfermline.
Inverness took the lead after a powerful strike from Scott Allardice from an indirect free kick in the Morton box, with the free kick being awarded after Ton keeper Aidan McAdams collected a back pass from his defender just eight yards from goal.
Inverness’ top scorer, Nikolay Todorov, then made it two after capitalising on a poor clearance from Morton. His shot was rifled into the top left-hand corner.
Morton got one back in the second half through Robbie Muirhead, who did well to finish in the bottom right-hand corner, but a sensational second goal from Todorov and a beautiful curling effort from Daniel MacKay gave the visitors the three points they came for.
Heads Going Down
Morton manager Gus MacPherson gave credit to the quality of finishing from Inverness on the night, but felt that it was frustrating in the manner in which his side went behind:
“The manner in which we lost the first goal is frustrating and the second one is a miskick on our part.
“I think it [the first goal] is still a pass back, but he [McAdams] has had to deal with it. He made the right decision to catch it as he doesn’t know at that point if it is a pass back. From where he was, and concerned that it could be going in, he’s headed it first and then caught it.
“Sean McGinty had a really good opportunity to get another one back. The team are in the ascendancy and then we lose a really really poor third goal. I think you could visibly see our heads going down at that point and feeling sorry for ourselves, because of that killer blow.”
Neil McCann was delighted to see his team win their sixth game on the bounce. He feels that he is now seeing his team believe as a group, with his players desperate to get out and play:
“The goals that we scored tonight were simply exceptional. Tonight really did show that we believe as a group and that we will take a bit of stopping. I have a group of payers that are just desperate to play and get out on the pitch, which is great for this time of the season.”
McCann was equally as delighted with Todorov, who added another two goals to his tally for the season:
“He has been absolutely brilliant since I came. I asked him to be a big strong target man for us tonight and it’s something he is getting better at and improving. I trust that when the ball comes into the box, he is liable to take them.
“I have to say his first goal was good, but he topped it with his second strike. The finish was just exceptional. I have watched it back; he is falling off balance and taking it under pressure, but he manages to rifle it past the keeper.”
MacPherson said that if they had won certain games earlier in the season, there would be a completely different outlook on Morton’s current situation, especially with the league likely to go down to the wire:
“We have known that for a while, there have been opportunities where if we won games, we could have been looking in another direction – tonight could have been one of those moments.
“We have not been given any gifts since we have been in here. We have had to work extremely hard to get any goals we have got.
McCann also spoke on the competitive nature of the league, as teams from any position are capable of beating one another, but emphasised that his team are entering the business end of their campaign with momentum and focus:
“It is really important to get a real bit of traction going into the business end of the season. What we want to do is go in with a full head of steam and that positivity with the group.
“Teams are now looking at us and thinking that they are going to get a real tough game, and that’s what we want as it’s such a competitive league. Every team is capable of beating each other, so we know that when we’re off, it’s going to be tough but when we’re going into it on the form we’re in, it gives us a good chance.”