Louis Moult’s boots were never going to be easy to fill at Motherwell for the strikers who arrived at the club in January, but Curtis Main has certainly made it look that way.

The former Portsmouth forward arrived at Fir Park somewhat under the radar, with most of the focus falling on his strike partner Nadir Ciftci and whether or not he could revive his career with the Steelmen.

Main, however, has taken on Moult’s number nine jersey, and has immediately assumed the responsibility of scoring goals regularly for the club.

Motherwell’s business model is of course to take talents such as Main, give them a platform to shine, before helping them to move back up the ladder, but thoughts of emulating Moult and landing a lucrative move back to England in time are the furthest thing from the 25-year-old’s mind.

“The discussions I’ve had with the manager have all been about coming to Motherwell Football Club and playing games, and that’s it,” Main said.

“Any striker anywhere scoring goals has a platform to move on. This is where I am, and all I want to do is continue to score goals and help the team win football matches, and whatever comes off the back of that, then we’ll see.”

Main’s goal against Hibs on Wednesday night ultimately wasn’t enough to salvage a point for Motherwell, but it was another impressive strike as he bagged his third goal in just his fourth game in Scotland.

“Aside from the result against Hibs, it was pleasing to get on the scoresheet again,” he said. “We were frustrated not to come away with a point, but that’s football. We’ll dust ourselves down and go again.

“There’s a lot of disappointment losing that game, nobody likes to lose. We had a good bit of momentum after the break. That was obviously a little setback, but we’ve got another game on Saturday to put that right, and hopefully we can do that.”

Main’s late curling effort at Easter Road that was tipped over acrobatically by Ofir Marciano almost rescued a last-gasp draw in Edinburgh for the second time in a week, after his late, late goal at Tynecastle last Saturday gave Motherwell a share of the spoils.

And Main says that competing at such difficult venues is where his team’s ambitions should lie.

“The whole squad, the players and the management team, feel the same,” he said. “We’re all pulling in the same direction which is obviously up and not down in the league.

“We’re all working hard to achieve what we can.”