Kudus curses missed chances against the Sons

Morton striker Kudus Oyenuga was thrilled to open his Cappielow account on Saturday but couldn’t shake the disappointment that he didn’t score more.

The 23-year-old was sent on as a sub with the Ton trailing 1-0 to Dumbarton following goalkeeper Derek Gaston’s first-half own goal and netted within two minutes of entering the field of play.

Despite the fact his strike was worth a draw, Oyenuga had two excellent opportunities to earn his side maximum points and felt he should have converted at least one of them.

Speaking exclusively to gmfc.net, Kudus said: “Obviously it was good to come on and score, a great feeling.

“The gaffer put me on and it was great to score with my first real touch, but I’m disappointed with the two chances I should have scored.

“You know, with the diving header I think I ran in too early; I should have delayed my run. The cross came in more beside me and I just tried to get my head on it.

“Again, from two or three yards out you just need to get a touch and for it to hit the target and you should score.

“Regardless of the team’s performance, I’m just disappointed I didn’t win it for the boys. I could have got us the three points.

“As a forward, the chances you miss play on your mind more than the goal you did score. So it’s mixed emotions because I could have won it – and I’m gutted for the boys.

“But I’m happy to get a point because it’s obviously better than none. You have to take the positives. I’ll hopefully have more chances this season to put the ball in the back of the net.”

Kudus feels he still has another level to find in terms of fitness and has been working hard with assistant manager Craig McPherson to catch up after missing pre-season.

The former Dundee United forward, who played 58 minutes of Sunday’s friendly against Greenock Juniors, explained: “I’m working hard to get up to speed.

“I didn’t really have a full pre-season so I’m just obviously catching up now and need to keep on going and working hard.

“I’ve been doing running at training with Hagi [McPherson] and doing extra afterwards, more running and a bit of finishing to get myself sharper.”

The hitman signed a year’s deal with the club on 8 August, and despite being on the books for around fortnight, he already feels right at home.

But that doesn’t just include the ease with which he has fitted in around Parklea – the Englishman also loves life north of the border.

He added: “The boys are great, all really top notch guys. Since I’ve come here the boys have treated me like I’ve been here forever, it seems like.

“I’m delighted to be here at Morton. I played against the team a month ago for Livingston and scored and did well.

“I was meant to go to Livingston but that didn’t work out and this move to Morton came about it – and it was perfect. I have a family and was looking to move up to Scotland with them.

“I loved living in Scotland. The lifestyle is great, and having a young family it just felt right to come back up here and rebuild my career. I’ve been at a lot of clubs and I just want to settle down now.

“I’m at an age where I’ve matured and I don’t really want to be moving from club to club every season – I want to make this my home and to do well here and make a name for myself.

“I really feel I have unfinished business up here and I’ve still got more to offer. The gaffer is great and I’m grateful he’s given me an opportunity to come here and play.

“I feel like he’s the right person to get the best out of me. Football is the best job in the world and I will work my socks off in every game.

“I just want to prove he made the right decision taking me and hopefully I’ll score more goals for the club and we can have a great season.”

Image: David Bell