Ellison: I wouldn’t change how I play for anyone

Kevin Ellison fires a shot just over against Southend.
Kevin Ellison fires a shot just over against Southend.
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Kevin Ellison isn’t the easiest man to interview.

The winger who has firmly established himself as Morecambe’s talisman conducts himself in front of the press in the same way as he does on the field, with a glint of mischief in his eyes.

And the 34-year-old who is loved by Shrimps fans and hated in equal measure by supporters of those clubs he torments has no intention of changing a confrontational style that regularly sees him square up to opponents and even undo their shoelaces, as he did in the recent win over Plymouth.

“I won’t change the way I play,” he said.

“It seems everywhere I go I get bit of stick off people. But those fans caning me takes pressure off the other 10 lads in the team.

“They always kick me down, like Bradford did last year, where they gave me stick the year before and then I came on and scored to shut them all up.

“Fans keep giving me banter and I’ll give it back and hopefully keep scoring more goals.”

After missing the first couple of weeks of the new season through injury, Ellison’s goals, notching both in the victory over Exeter and netting a key strike at a key time against Plymouth, have helped Jim Bentley’s side make an unbeaten start at the Globe Arena this season.

It is something Ellison believes is long overdue after some well-documented struggles on the pitch for the Shrimps since their move to their new Westgate home in 2010.

He said: “It’s a great start at home.

“We talk about the home form a lot because it was a bit of a bogey thing for us.

“It’s still a new ground and teams like to play here because there’s a nice feel and for whatever reason when we went behind the gaffer would say he couldn’t see us coming back into games.

“We want to make it a fortress and this season we’ve started to do that and long may it continue.”

The summer saw several senior players leave the Shrimps as the club tightened its purse strings once again.

As the likes of Will Haining and Nick Fenton departed, Ellison remained, turning down interest from other clubs to sign a new one-year deal, making him one of Bentley’s most experienced players in a side with a fresher look.

But has that changed the way Ellison approaches games on a Saturday afternoon?

“I don’t think it has,” he said. “I’m always lively in the dressing room and on the pitch with the younger lads.

“Obviously you do need a bit of a mixture. Me and Stuey (Drummond) are the older guys along with Baz (Barry Roche) in goal, which the younger lads do need.

“The younger players that have come in have brought something a bit different to the team as well.

“Ryan (Williams) is playing a lot more this year and you’ve seen what he can do from set plays with his free-kicks.”

Fresher legs also of course means one of the side’s more experienced players can get some help chasing the ball down the flanks.

“I think just having me around with the younger lads is helping them and I think they’re helping me do a bit of a my running,” Ellison joked, something he doesn’t intend to stop doing anytime soon.”