Ellison apologises to teammates

Kevin Ellison takes a free kick in front of goal, shooting just over.
Kevin Ellison takes a free kick in front of goal, shooting just over.

Kevin Ellison revealed he apologised to his team mates despite scoring the much-needed winner against Bury.

The Shrimps saw off the big-spending Shakers 1-0 at the Globe Arena on Saturday to pick up their first win in five games.

Ellison’s goal 20 minutes from time proved to be enough but with a couple of chances to seal the game late on going astray the striker revealed he felt the need to hold his hand up in the dressing room.

The Shrimps talisman, who has seven goals so far this season, said: “I scored one but I went in and apologised to the lads afterwards.

“I should have scored at least another one, I had two chances and I should be doing better but I’ll take the 1-0 win.

“We can hopefully push on and try and get something at Portsmouth (on Saturday).”

It was an important win for the Shrimps with arguably their best performance of the season.

The victory came at a crucial time with the FA Cup exit at Dover seven days earlier representing a real low point for the club as fans made their feelings known about a string of below-par displays.

Ellison said: “It was much needed.

“You can understand why people were feeling like they were.

“The FA Cup does have banana skins but Dover aren’t one of the better Conference teams and we shouldn’t be losing to them.

“There was the Exeter game, the Accrington game and Dover and people were questioning our commitment to the club.

“Bury are one of the bigger teams at this level.

“They’ve signed a lot of good, good players and have come here today and I thought we steamrollered them really.

“People questioned our work rate and I think a few of the lads put that right today.”

Ellison insists ups and downs have to be expected given Morecambe’s size and spending power compared to other clubs in the division.

He is however confident an improved squad can spring a surprise this season.

The 35-year-old said: “People looked at the way we started and obviously we’ve lost a few games and people thought the bubble had burst.

“But there’s big, big clubs at this level and we are only Morecambe.

“But we know what we’ve got in that dressing room. We’ve got a good squad, miles better than last year and have got players who can come on and affect the game.”

The Shrimps next go to Portsmouth with Ellison, never a favourite with opposing fans, relishing the chance to play in front of a big crowd having missed the disappointing defeat at Fratton Park last season.

He said: “I missed last year because I was injured.

“But there’ll be 15,000 there and I’m really looking forward to it.

“Hopefully we can carry on from Bury and pick up some points again.”