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FOOTBALLERS play their best stuff when they’re happy both on and off the pitch. That’s the opinion of Motherwell frontman Louis Moult who is loving life in Lanarkshire.
The 24-year-old Englishman moved north of the border last summer and admits that life couldn’t be much better right now.
“I’ve been loving my football since day one here, and even prior to that at my previous clubs. I think footballers play their best stuff when they are enjoying themselves and I’m definitely enjoying playing in Scotland.
“I think it’s important to be happy off the pitch as well as on it.”
It’s easy to sense that Moult is telling the whole truth about his current morale, as he sits enthusiastically with the statuesque figure of fellow hometown native Robbie Williams paused on the television. Moult may not quite be at the global fame level of Williams, yet, but if he keeps scoring goals then people will soon be forced to take notice.
Motherwell fans have certainly been feeling entertained since Moult joined from English non-league side Wrexham 18 months ago.
“On a personal note, I’m delighted with the way I’ve performed and with the amount of goals that I’ve scored,” Moult revealed. “It’s been great but I’m always looking for more.
“As a team, finishing in that top six last season was brilliant. This season, we’ve been up and down so far but I’m sure it can still be a real season to remember. We just need to find some consistency in terms of results.”
Most recently, the former Stoke City youth player netted twice against runaway leaders Celtic at Fir Park on Saturday, the first goal ending a 13-hour domestic shutout for the Glasgow club.
Unfortunately for Moult’s side, Well ‘Came Undone’ in the second-half, losing a 2-0 lead and eventually succumbing to Brendan Rodgers’ side’s relentless pressure.
It was a sore one for Moult and his teammates to take.
“You should’ve seen the changing room at the end, it wasn’t a nice place,” he says – the previous excitement drained from his face.
“It was horrible. But I said to the boys at the end of the game that we need to look at the positives. We gave it a right go and had Celtic scared. We forced them into making changes. I think we can take a lot of credit from the game.”
The forward, who has netted 23 goals in under 50 games for the Steelmen, will be hoping that his side don’t ‘Come Undone’ in future games against the league’s top sides. Consistency is the key for Moult.
“We need to try and put together a winning run. I’m sure other players and managers are saying that too but it’s something that we need to work on.
“The gaffer has already touched on the fact that we’ve conceded a lot of goals in the past few weeks so we need to work on that and shut out mistakes. Maybe that’s something to do with the consistency. It’s definitely not helping. And hopefully if we can work on that then it can help us in the long-run.”
And Well’s number nine isn’t one to ‘Go Gentle’. He very rarely reminisces about past days, nor looks too far forward into the future. It’s all about the here and now for Moult.
“It’s always a challenge for me up here but I’ve enjoyed every single minute of it. I love the Scottish people. They’re friendly and always willing to lend a helping hand.
“I’m just enjoying what I’m doing and not looking too far ahead of things. You never know what’s going to come in the future but I think it’s just important to take pride in what you’re doing at the moment, and enjoy it.”