Falkirk lose out in Greenock

Stevie Crawford was in the Cappielow dugout on Saturday
Stevie Crawford was in the Cappielow dugout on Saturday

Morton gave makeshift management duo Stevie Crawford and Alex Smith a disappointing start in the dugout with a 2-0 win at Cappielow.

The technical director and first team coach stepped into the void left by Steven Pressley and Neil Macfarlane’s departure to Coventry City on an interim basis and made four changes to the team that drew 1-1 with Raith Rovers.

Two changes wrre enforced with Darren Dods injured and Johnny Flynn suspended, so Will Valuks and Liam Dick were included in an untried back four.

They were breached twice by the league leaders’ forwards - Peter MacDonald and Archie Campbell.

Campbell stroked his side ahead by battling beyond Vaulks to steer the ball past captain Michael McGovern from close range.

The goalkeeper had to be sharp to keep out David O’Brien just before the break with a smart smothering save, however he had no chance with MacDonald’s header into the corner from a cross by Micahel Tidser.

The damage had been done, yet Falkirk rarely troubled Derek Gaston, though David Weatherston went close with a lob.

Lyle Taylor was frequently iscolated by the midfield which had Jay Fulton and Thomas Grant restored to it from Tuesday’s draw but it was his opposite numbers who did the damage on a cold afternoon at Cappielow.

Alex Smith said: “It has been a traumatic week for many of them with a lot to deal with. We were a young team, but lost two goals to mistakes and should have scored ourselves.”

Morton assistant boss Marc McNally said: “The first half was as well as we’ve played all season, Archie Campbell was causing them all sorts of problems, but they improved in the second half.”