Morton boss Jim Duffy relieved to ‘get out of jail’ against Alloa



Morton manager Jim Duffy concedes his side “got out of jail” following the abandonment of their fixture against Alloa.

The Cappielow side turned in a poor showing amid a blizzard at the Indodrill stadium and, with 20 minutes left to play, were trailing 1-0 to a Michael Duffy strike.

However, with the lines of the pitch obstructed by snow, Alan Muir brought the game to a halt. It was a decision which drew criticism from Alloa boss Jack Ross, but was welcomed by Duffy.

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Referee Alan Muir discusses the situation with the coaching teams

“There is no doubt the decision has benefited us because we were losing the match and Alloa were absolutely the better side,” said Duffy. “We need to accept that we got a ‘get out of jail’ card.

“Jack [Ross] will certainly be a lot more disappointed than I will. That is for sure.

“It’s a difficult decision for the referee, because Alloa are winning the match, and they deserved to be winning the match. No doubt about that.

“The rules are that if thy can’t see the lines, then the game can’t continue. And if they cleared the lines, they were just going to get covered again. The conditions were unplayable by the end and the rules were advantageous to us.”

Despite a degree of relief, Duffy was visibly irked by his side’s lacklustre display which could have seen them three or four goals down at the interval, but for the brilliance of goalkeeper Derek Gaston.

“We huffed and puffed in the first half and Gats [Gaston] had a couple of great saves, whereas we only had one chance. I was really disappointed in our performance,” admitted Duffy.

“All credit to Alloa, they had terrific spirit and organisation and were right up for the game. We will need to do a lot better when we come back here.”