Magnus Okuonghae eyes up goals galore

MAGNUS Okuonghae has rediscovered his taste for goal-scoring, and he’s out to satisfy that appetite this season.

Colchester United’s premier centre-half failed to score throughout the whole of last season, and in fact had not hit the target for nearly two years before his late goal in last week’s 2-2 draw against Portsmouth.

But just four days later and Okuonghae was claiming a second goal, following his role in Saturday’s equaliser against Sheffield United.

Clinton Morrison has insisted that this goal is his own, in a 1-1 draw, but Okuonghae is waiting for the official ruling – he was unsure whether Morrison got a touch to his goal-bound effort from Anthony Wordsworth’s corner.

“To be fair, I was aiming for [the] goal, but I will leave it to the powers that be,” revealed Okuonghae, with reference to the identity of the U’s goalscorer against the Blades.


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“I will be happy if Clint scored, but I’ll be happy if I scored.

“Really I’m just happy that we got back in the game, and I’m happy that I played a part in it.

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“Everyone’s a winner, definitely. It was important that we didn’t get beaten here.

“We’ve got to take the positives from it. We could easily have gone under, but we didn’t. We came back strong,” added Okuonghae.

Ex-Dagenham & Redbridge defender Okuonghae did not score in 45 appearances last season.

And the previous campaign, which was cut short by long-term injury, had yielded just two goals, the last in a 1-1 draw at MK Dons in October, 2010.

“I was very disappointed with myself last year,” admitted Okuonghae.

“I wasn’t getting any chances and I didn’t even get a goal, so I did make a conscious decision this summer to work harder to get on the end of set pieces.

“When you’ve got a delivery like Woody’s (Wordsworth’s), he is going to create chances for you.

“I’m happy that I’m getting on the end of things and hopefully I can score a few more goals.”

The U’s have drawn their first three league games, following an opening day stalemate at Preston and then home draws against Portsmouth and Sheffield United.

They will be hoping to maintain that unbeaten league start at second-placed Tranmere Rovers this Saturday.

“We have played against three top teams, despite what people say about Portsmouth’s situation,” continued Okuonghae.

“We have still played against three of the biggest clubs in this division, and we haven’t lost a game yet.

“People might have expected us to get nothing from these games.

“We defended well against Sheffield United. It was last-ditch defending, which isn’t ideal, but it was defending none the less.

“It’s early doors and teams are just getting in their flow.

“We feel good, we feel strong, and I definitely think we’ve got a chance this season,” concluded Okuonghae.

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