St Mirren striker Jon Obika has opened up on his frustration as he patiently awaits the goal which would break his Saints duck.

Jim Goodwin's side have netted just three times across seven Ladbrokes Premiership matches so far this season with their last two outings goalless draws against Hamilton and Hearts.

Obika came close to opening his Buddies account late in the match against Hearts after being sent through by Danny Mullen but he fired just wide as Craig Levein's side nicked a point in Paisley.

And, ahead of this afternoon's clash with Motherwell, the 29-year-old admitted he has been trying to recreate that chance - both at home and on the training ground - to make sure he takes it next time.

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"As a striker I thrive on getting goals," he told Gazette Sport. "I know for sure it will come, I know the the quality I have. It’s just about delivering on the day. I’ve played that chance back a few times this week and I’ve tried the movement again on the training pitch.

“Those are the chances that you have to take. We’re in a position where we’ve defended well and hit on the counter so we have to be prepared. I feel like in games you might get one or two chances, so you have to be prepared for them when they come."

With any new arrival, it can be difficult getting to grips with a new league no matter how experienced you are.

Former Tottenham youngster Obika had spent his whole career down south before making the move to Paisey in the summer but the Londoner says gaffer Goodwin and his new teammates have helped him settle in quickly.

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He added: “I’m definitely settling in, it’s been very good. The gaffer has been solid with me. Especially for me as I didn’t get a full pre-season, to get back fit I feel a lot fresher now. Now it’s time to get the results and get the goals I feel everyone is fighting for the positions and you want to stake a claim. All you can do is train hard and when it comes to the games go and do the business.

“The gaffer is fantastic. Especially in training the messages he gives are very clear. When you go out on a Saturday you know exactly what he wants. I’ve played for quite a few managers and sometimes it can be quite unclear.”

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