Main relishing role at Fir Park

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Main relishing role at Fir Park

Three goals in his first three league games.

Few strikers manage to settle in to new surroundings quite as well as Curtis Main has at Motherwell. Add to that his assist in the Scottish Cup, and the new signing has got off to a near-perfect start, directly contributing to a goal in every one of his first four games.

But the thing that stands out most about Fir Park’s new number nine is that he isn’t basking in the glory following his fast start. 

His first put Ross County to the sword in a 2-0 win, his second snatched a dramatic late goal against Hearts at Tynecastle, and his third spurred on a dramatic late fightback against Hibs. He then nearly found the top corner in stoppage time at Easter Road, only to be denied by an excellent stop from Ofir Marciano.

But he wants more.

“It’s just the start,” he said. “I’m here to score far more than three. I’m not thinking too much about the goals I’ve scored, I’m always thinking about the next game and the next goal.

“But I think one of the main things for me is how welcome I’ve felt in such a short space of time.

“From day one here I just knew that I had made the right choice. The manager and all of the players and coaching staff, as well as everyone around the club, really did make me feel welcome.”

With the second of two games in quick succession awaiting the ‘Well on Tuesday night, Curtis is hopeful of picking up some important points in a spell he believes to be crucial for the remainder of the season.

“When you look at the fixtures coming up now, you can certainly see how important they are,” he added

“We’re going up against sides that are near us points-wise and if we want to fulfil our aspirations of a top six spot then we need to beat these teams to do that. For me, these next home games are very big for us and for our season.”

Linking up with fellow new striker Nadir Çiftçi has so far led to some tantalising moments which ‘Well fans will rightly be eager to see more of.

“Nads has come in as well and made things very easy for me to settle in to.

“When we linked up for that goal against Ross County it all came from the movement and the pass from Nadir, so one of the important things about both of us is that we are going to be selfless with anyone in the team.

“And things are going to get even better for us too, with Ryan Bowman and George Newell coming back in the coming weeks hopefully, it shows that there is depth and quality in this squad.

“That comes from the manager though. He has that attitude instilled in the dressing room and there is such a togetherness around the club.

“We’re all very hard-working and honest with each other. There’s competition for places all over the park so we don’t only encourage one another, but we also drive each other by pushing and pushing for a place in the team.

“That’s crucial in football, and all the lads will agree. No one will duck away from that challenge in our dressing room. That suits me as a person so it’s been easy for me to feel at home here in Motherwell.”

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