The hard work begins on the training pitch for Jon Obika as the St Mirren striker expresses his happiness in hitting Paisley consistency.

His latest exploits were two goals and a penalty shootout effort during St Mirren’s Scottish Cup Fifth Round triumph over Motherwell. After finding themselves 4-1 up at half time, the Buddies progressed 3-2 on penalties following a 4-4 draw after extra time.

It’s taken him to 10 goals in 29 games this term as the former Tottenham youngster looks to help drive Jim Goodwin’s side away from relegation trouble. His goals will be key to any such success, with the Buddies currently in tenth.

Speaking ahead of a crucial fixture with Hearts in Premiership competition, Obika says this current spell at St Mirren is the most consistent he’s been throughout his career thus far, whilst also detailing why hard work in training counts.

“I feel on the training ground, that’s where it all starts,” said Obika. “You just can’t turn it on during a matchday, so even if I’ve had a bad performance, I still go into training with a positive attitude.

Jon Obika meets the media ahead of St Mirren's match with Hearts.

Jon Obika meets the media ahead of St Mirren’s match with Hearts. (Photo by Ben Banks)

“In terms of consistency, I think this is the best run I’ve had. At Swindon, I had a good patch of scoring most games. But I feel the confidence is there now and I can score in most games.

“I do enjoy the pressure of scoring goals. You have to back yourself every game, so I’m looking forward to this part of the season. It’s a bit different from the first part of the season in that there are a lot of strikers.

“It’s healthy competition. With the strikers, everybody backs each other, everyone is positive. If you’re not playing well, the manager can drop you. Every game you have to be the part and make sure you’re playing well.”

Have something to tell us about this article?