Ellison: Morecambe talisman on reaching 50 goals for the club

Kevin Ellison celebrates his 50th Morecambe goal against Oxford.
Kevin Ellison celebrates his 50th Morecambe goal against Oxford.
  • Striker picks Rochdale wonder goal as his favourite
  • Landmark reached in 1-1 draw at Oxford
  • Morecambe travel to Luton on Saturday

Kevin Ellison may be well known for spectacular goals but the Morecambe front man says he enjoys tap ins just as much.

The colourful veteran reached 50 goals for the Shrimps in the 1-1 draw at Oxford on Tuesday night.

Kevin Ellison fires in a wonder goal against Aldershot back in 2013.

Kevin Ellison fires in a wonder goal against Aldershot back in 2013.

The 36-year-old cited wonder strikes against Rochdale, in 2013, and Aldershot, 12 months earlier, as amongst his favourites during his near four seasons at the club.

Ellison however also places plenty of significance on how important a goal is in a given game, taking a chance to have light-hearted dig at team mate Jack Redshaw when asked about his achievement. He said: “The Rochdale one is probably my favourite overall.

“I like the Aldershot one too from a couple of seasons ago. That was alright.

“But then I like the Barnsley one in the cup when we won too.

Me personally, I’d take the tap ins if it means us getting three points

“I came on as a sub and I think it was my first goal for the club so that sticks in the mind as well.

“I’d take the importance of the goal overall.

“I’m a team player but if you look at Jack Redshaw he’s all about himself and would rather score a worldie!

“Me personally, I’d take the tap ins if it means us getting three points.”

Ellison admitted to struggling in the run up to goal number 50, a strike which had looked like handing the Shrimps all three points at the Kassam Stadium.

He said: “It’s been a long time coming with the last few performances.

“I’m glad to get there but the most important thing on Tuesday was the result after Saturday’s performance.

“We needed to go there and stand up and be counted and I think we did that. 
“We deserved more than a draw out of the game.”

Improvements were needed from the Shrimps after their defeat to Cambridge, a performance Ellison admits the players struggled to comprehend.

He said: “There’s been a few bad performances in my time here.

“When I first came there was a bit of a hoodoo with the home games but we seemed to turn that around.

“Recently though the Exeter game earlier in the season, which I watched because I was injured, wasn’t the prettiest.

“But then the game on Saturday I don’t think anyone came off with any credit.

“We had a chat on the Monday when we came back in about stuff.

“I don’t think we can put a finger on it but normally in a game you get one or two who aren’t at the races and the others carry them through but I think from one to 11 I don’t think anyone came off with any credit.

“We obviously can’t turn performances like that in every time at home.”

This Saturday the Shrimps head to Luton to face John Still’s fourth in the table Hatters.

Ellison said: “It’s a tough game, they’re fourth in the league and going well.

“It’s a massive club, they’re getting nine or 10 thousand watching them.

“They’re good at home but if you look at what we’ve got, I don’t know why, we’re better away from home.

“We’ll go there confident we can get something.”