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Ellis: It is now time to kick on

26 February 2020

Tranmere Rovers centre-back Mark Ellis feels that the squad can kick on, after he scored on his return from injury in Tuesday night’s dramatic 3-2 win away at Shrewsbury Town.

Ellis, who last featured for Micky Mellon’s first-team in April, opened the scoring on nine minutes when he connected with Blackett-Taylor’s cross, with Alex Woodyard soon doubling the lead.

Sam Ricketts’ Salop levelled in the second-half through Aaron Pierre and Callum Lang.

However, Blackett-Taylor struck Rovers’ winner on 95 minutes when he ran onto Scott Davies’ long pass to drive beyond Max O’Leary.

And Ellis, 31, was delighted to return to Mellon’s side with a goal and three-points.

Ellis said: “I’ve seen these lads for a long time while I’ve been out, they have been training and the work they put in on and off the pitch. They deserve it and let’s hope that we can kick on now.

“It’s massive. It’s been tough on the lads but their efforts and work rate, you can’t fault it.

“Things haven’t gone our way this season, but we knew that we could have a go at it, and we said before the game and it is good to get the win.

“It was nice to get a goal. I feel I did a bit of everything, and it was a great win and hopefully it is the start of something good.

“Corey broke back out and I was at the back stick, I’ve been doing finishing training with Hodgey in training and I just gambled and was in the right place at the right time.

“We said at half-time we need to keep going, we let them back in the game, but we kept going and got the winner at the end.

“The lads showed their character and we were tremendous.

“It’s going to be one game at a time. It is a start, but we need to build on it.”

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