Morton were left to rue missed chances in a sluggish 0-0 encounter with Scottish Championship champions Hearts at Cappielow.
The home side came close to opening the scoring in the first minute. Markus Fjørtoft’s long ball was superbly flicked on by Lewis Strapp which left Kalvin Orsi through on goal but the striker’s effort cracked off the post. Morton would have the ball in the back of the net 20 minutes later, Orsi found in acres of space as he hit the net, however, his celebrations were short-lived as he was ruled offside.
Morton would rightly feel aggrieved at half-time with the game 0-0 after failing to capitalise on several opportunities on goal. Hearts came close to the opener in the first few minutes of the second half with their only shot on target. Andy Halliday found space on the right and his low driven cross was met by Euan Henderson, who’s deflected effort fell to the feet of Armand Gnanduillet, but his volley was pushed away.
Hearts took control of the second half with a lethargic Morton perhaps feeling the effects of 120 minutes against Motherwell in the Scottish Cup last Friday. Despite this, Hearts failed to take advantage in what was a dismal attacking display from the Tynecastle side.
Morton’s point places them level with Ayr United but trailing on goal difference, remaining in the relegation play-off spot with two games to go. Here are the three things we learned.
The Ton battling till the end
An encouraging performance for Gus MacPherson’s side has them level in the fight for Championship survival this season. However, the experienced manager will be frustrated to have dropped two valuable points after what was a dominant first half display.
Changes needed at Tynecastle
This further confirms the need for a squad rebuild at Tynecastle if they are to compete in the contested Premiership next season. Despite cruising to the league title with three games to spare, Hearts have failed to impress on several occasions.
The 24-year-old defender has been plagued with injuries so early in his footballing career. John Souttar initially spent nine months on the side-lines with a snapped achilles tendon before missing a year-and-a-half with the same injury. Thus was the first full game for the defender in over a year.
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