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Ellis delighted with Exeter victory

3 March 2019

Tranmere Rovers defender Mark Ellis was delighted with Rovers’ third league victory on the spin after former Exeter player James Norwood netted in a 1-0 away win.

The former Exeter trainee set up the winning goal for League Two’s top scorer in the first half, as TRFC grabbed all three points at St James Park.

Ellis played a pivotal role in Tranmere recording another clean sheet and is confident if the defensive solidity continues, the attackers will find the goals to win games. 

He said: “It’s massive for us you know, it’s where we want to go playing like this and it’s vital that we do that. We know we’ve got goals in the team, so if we can keep them out we know somebody’s going to get on the end of one and win us the game.”

With Rovers gathering momentum with a couple of months of fixtures remaining, he believes Tranmere must maintain focus on themselves.

“We’ve got to just keep worrying about what we’re doing and forget about everybody else. We couldn’t care less about other teams around us; it’s about us at the end of the day and winning games.”

Scott Davies prevented the hosts from snatching an equaliser late on with a fine stop, and Ellis is full of praise for the Captain.

“When you’ve got a keeper like that behind you, it keeps us on our toes and he’s always talking and everything, and when you call upon him he’s there. He’s done the job for us.”

He continued: “I think it has gone to his head a bit, bless him (joking). But he’s been phenomenal, you can’t knock him. We just let him get on with it.”

 

With Exeter fighting for a Play-Off spot, it was always going to be a tight contest, and Rovers still have games to play against a lot of top sides in the division. 

“We know it’s a hard place to come but it’s about us, what we do and we have to keep grinding out results.

“We’ve got to go and enjoy it, they're up there for a reason, we’re up there for a reason and it will be exciting times.”

Traditionally over recent campaigns Rovers have finished strong, acquiring impressive point tallies. Ellis is hoping that can be the same this season, which will be helped by the support of the Super White Army. 

“The final 11 games now, we’ve got to keep worrying about what we’re doing and not worry what’s around us. We can only affect what we can do.

“They’ve been the same since I’ve come in every single week; especially away from home they’ve been fantastic.”

He concluded: “Take it a game at a time and we know we’ve got a group of players that are willing to work their socks off week in week out and see where it takes us.”

 To watch Mark's full interview, please click here.


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