Ross Forbes scored his seventh goal of the campaign in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Raith Rovers and admitted it was his luckiest strike of the season.
The 27-year-old sent over an inswinging cross from the right and watched with delight as the ball floated over everyone and slipped inside the far post with goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert rooted to the spot.
However, Forbes, who has 15 direct assists in all competitions this term, explained that the slice of fortune would never have come about without having new striker Lawrence Shankland to aim at.
Speaking exclusively to gmfc.net, he explained: “It was my luckiest goal this season. Everybody missed it and it just went straight in. I always just look to put the cross in a dangerous area, and you see that happening quite a lot.
“I was looking for Lawrence and put in the exact same ball two minutes before that and he’s just missed it. I was aiming for him again at my goal.
“It gives us something different now with Lawrence coming in. If it’s Gary [Oliver] or Jon [Scullion] or that up front there’s really no point [putting that cross in], but Shanks gives us a bit of a presence.
“He’s a really good player. I played with him at Dunfermline before – he was on loan from Aberdeen for the season – and I know what he can bring to the team.
“We played quite well together, scored a few goals, and hopefully that can continue. That’s me at seven now and my personal best in a season is about eight, so hopefully I can maybe get to 10, to double figures. That would be nice.”
Forbes’ goal put Morton on the path to a precious three points against the Stark’s Park side, and the former Motherwell man reckons he and his team-mates were well worth the win.
He added: “I thought we thoroughly deserved the three points. At the start we had a few chances and then in the second half they are obviously going to throw balls into the box and stuff, but the defence dealt with it brilliantly.
“We have a nine-point gap on fifth place now, but you can’t really look too much into the league table. We’re just picking up points and will then look to see where it’s taken us at the end of the season.”
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