Barry Roche column: Even injury couldn’t shut big Kev up

Kevin Ellison.
Kevin Ellison.
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It was vitally important that we stopped the run of defeats last Tuesday against York City.

Although it wasn’t the best result in the world it was certainly a point in the right direction.

As far as 0-0 draws go it was a pretty entertaining game with plenty of chances at both ends.

Both sides will probably feel a bit disappointed not to come away with all three points but it was a fair result in the end.

On Saturday at Mansfield we knew that we would be in for a very tough, physical game.

We had seen a DVD of one of their previous games and it was blatantly obvious that they play an awful lot of route one football and we weren’t disappointed on the day.

They very rarely tried to get the ball down and play.

What they were good at, especially in the first-half was closing off the space in front of us so we couldn’t pick our passes.

After the break we got to grips with their layout much better and played some fairly good football.

The introduction of the Little Mexican (Jack Redshaw) gave everyone a lift and it was fitting that his goal got us back into the game.

We controlled most of the proceedings from there on in but our winner was solely down to the bravery of one man...big Kevin Ellison!

He knew going in for the ball that he was likely to get hurt but that didn’t stop him sealing the victory with a header.

You’d think that a fractured eye socket might have shut him up in the dressing room afterwards.

But somehow he was his unbelievably loud self in letting us all know that yet again we owed him one.

If only he had an off