Shanks looking to end goal frustration against Hibs

Morton striker Lawrence Shankland is aiming to bring an end to his growing goal frustration by hopefully finding the net against Hibernian at Cappielow tomorrow.

The Aberdeen loan striker has not scored for the Ton since opening his account on his debut against Raith Rovers and was left exasperated after drawing a blank at Dumbarton last weekend.

Shankland crashed one shot against the crossbar and had a header ruled out for a foul that he felt was harsh and would love to put his Sons misery to bed by getting on the scoresheet against the Easter Road outfit.

He told “Obviously we were disappointed to come away from Dumbarton with a defeat and I definitely don’t think we deserved to get beat. We did more than enough to earn a point with the chances we had and not to take anything was harsh.

“With my first chance the ball just kind of ricocheted to me and I hit it as quick as I could really and obviously it hit the underside of the bar and came out and LD [Luke Donnelly] got a chance off it as well and the goalie made a save.

“So it was frustrating we never got a goal from that, and in the second half we had a couple of chances and hit the post twice. Then we had the goal chopped off, which I thought was harsh as well. I didn’t think it was a foul.

“I was just so frustrated because I thought I’d finally scored in general. You get frustrated when you’re not scoring and you just want that one goal to get you started again.

“Then you turn round and the ref’s given a foul for nothing basically. He gave it for a push, but I said if that was a defender that nudged me then he wouldn’t have given a penalty. I stand by that.

“When you’re not scoring it’s frustrating, but you just need to keep getting on the end of chances. Last Saturday, I had a few on target so I’m knocking at the door and hopefully one will go in eventually.

“It would be great to do that tomorrow. Everybody wants to play in the big games. There’s a big crowd expected and they’re top of the league as well, so hopefully I can grab a goal against them and get a result.”

Late replacement … Shankland coming on at Easter Road when the sides last met                              © David Bell

Ton host Hibs just over a week on from the 0-0 draw in Edinburgh in which Kudus Oyenuga, Darren McGregor and both managers were sent off in the closing stages, but Shankland insists tomorrow’s match will have no extra edge as a result.

He added: “We’re looking forward to the game. Dunfermline last week was a poor result and we don’t feel as if we played well at all. Last Wednesday we managed to pick ourself up and get a good result through at Hibs.

“To me, the stuff at the end of the game was people wanting to win a game of football and that was that. It will be just another game of football that we’ll be looking forward to.

“We basically need to continue to take it one game at a time and try to get as many points as we can and see where we end up at the end of the season.”


Image: David Bell