Sec­ond cup fi­nal is Main tar­get

Wishaw Press - - SCHOOL NEWS - Ben Ra­m­age

Cur­tis Main is in such good form he can be for­given for try­ing to claim own goals.

Main has notched four goals in six games since mak­ing the win­ter switch to Fir Park from Portsmouth.

And he was in­stru­men­tal in help­ing bring about the Steel­men’s all-im­por­tant sec­ond at Dens Park on Satur­day that sealed a home Scot­tish Cup quar­ter-fi­nal against Hearts next month.

De­spite TV re­plays show­ing Dundee’s Kevin Holt headed into his own net, Main was still in­stru­men­tal by putting the pres­sure on to force the mis­take.

“That was mine I think, the last touch def­i­nitely came off me,”the con­fi­dent striker said.

“The game was start­ing to get a bit closer, Dundee were get­ting a foothold in the sec­ond half so it eased the pres­sure a lit­tle bit. It was a good time to score.

“Goals at cru­cial times win foot­ball games so we were for­tu­nate we picked up goals at the right times. It was a very good per­for­mance.”

Main en­joyed the phys­i­cal­ity of Satur­day’s tie, and was happy to lead the

line along­side Nadir Ciftci dur­ing what proved to be a tough en­counter.

“The first half was a real bat­tle, a real cup game,” he said.

“There was a few tack­les fly­ing in and lots of aerial chal­lenges so it was a proper old-school cup game.

“But it was en­joy­able and I’m glad we’re into the next round.

“The sup­port to­day was fan­tas­tic. They made them­selves heard all game and that re­ally helped us es­pe­cially com­ing to places like this. They helped drive us on in the last 10 min­utes when we needed it.”

With Hearts now con­firmed as Mother­well’s quar­ter fi­nal op­po­nents, the 25-year-old hit­man is hop­ing to fire ‘Well to their sec­ond cup fi­nal this sea­son.

He said: “There’s no rea­son why we can’t (make an­other cup fi­nal). We fancy our­selves against any­body.

“It’s pleas­ing for my­self per­son­ally to come in and hit the ground run­ning. That’s co­in­cided with great re­sults for the club as well so hope­fully ev­ery­thing con­tin­ues the way it is.”

Mother­well’s at­ten­tion now turns to Satur­day’s home game against Steve Clarke’s in-form Kil­marnock, who look like their clos­est ri­vals for the last top-six spot.

Main said: “That’s a mas­sive game (against Kil­lie). They’ve got a cou­ple of games in hand but what mat­ters is points on the board.

“We’ll take them on and hope­fully get the three points. They’ve had a few good re­sults re­cently so they’ll be full of con­fi­dence I’m sure.

“But if you look at our boys so are we, so it should be a good game.”

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