Match-winner Moore hails knowledgeable Jack Army
HAVING started only three matches all season and watched from the sidelines as his team-mates won at Wembley, it would be understandable if Luke Moore felt embittered about his current situation at Swansea City.
Moore has been a peripheral figure since the Swans won promotion to the Premier League, featuring most often as a substitute — if at all.
The former West Brom and Aston Villa forward came off the bench to score Swansea's winner in their 1-0 victory over Newcastle on Saturday, his first league goal since March 2012.
But Moore insists he is happy at the Liberty Stadium and, although the 27-year-old admits he is frustrated to play only a bit-part role, he seems genuinely content.
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"I love playing for Swansea," said Moore. "To my mind there are no more knowledgeable fans.
"I'm not the sort of player who plays up to the crowd. I just get on with my job but I definitely appreciate the fans and it's a great place to play football — if you're playing.
"On a Saturday there are not many better places to play your football than in front of the fans here.
"You pass it backwards and they don't mind, they understand football and for me as a player I am very appreciative of that."
Moore's goal ensured that Swansea avoided suffering a hangover from their Capital One Cup triumph a week earlier.
There had been fears the Swans would have had difficulty rousing themselves for a routine Premier League fixture after winning the first major trophy in the club's history with a 5-0 rout of Bradford.
And although Moore was an unused substitute at Wembley, he was still able to share in the euphoria of the occasion.
"I'm happy because there is not a nicer bunch of lads in the league," he said. "They are all down to earth and there are no big-time players so I'm happy."
Following the win over Newcastle, Swansea manager Michael Laudrup admitted it was a wrench to leave the likes of Moore on the bench throughout the League Cup final.
The Dane has been open about his dealings with fringe players and revealed earlier this season that he had arranged meetings with a number of his lesser-used squad players.
Moore has yet to hold discussions about his future with Laudrup and, with another year left on his contract, is in no rush to make any firm decisions.
"I haven't asked for a meeting because I don't think it's the time," he said.
"I'm a good professional and I just get on with things.
"There's no point moping about. I need to finish the season as best as I can, and that's all I can do.
"I've got another year left so we'll see. I just want to concentrate on the latter part of the season and hopefully I can kick on.
"Like everything in football things can change from one club to the next so we'll see.
"As a professional footballer that's what it's about — you want to try to do your best and kick on.
"You want to be as professional as you can and not let the side down. That's the most important thing."