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Ellis reacts to second win in two games

7 March 2020

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Ellis reacts to second win in two games

7 March 2020

Centre-back Mark Ellis was pleased with Tranmere Rovers’ endeavour as they earned a second straight win in Sky Bet League One away from home, by beating Accrington Stanley 2-1 on Saturday.

Ellis scored Rovers’ second goal of the Wham Stadium contest after 78 minutes, tapping in Peter Clarke’s cross from close-range in front of over 1,100 travelling SWA.

James Vaughan’s ninth minute header had steered Micky Mellon’s men ahead prior to Ellis’ second-half effort.

Alex Woodyard’s own goal late on gave John Coleman’s Stanley a consolation, with Harvey Rodgers also dismissed for the hosts after fouling Vaughan.

And Ellis, 31, shared his thoughts on another goal and three points to the local media.

Ellis said: “It always is difficult when you come to a place like this. They started brightly, we haven’t started so well in the first-half, and we had to dig deep and grind out a result.

“We had a good talking to, and we weren’t happy with the performance in the first-half, and we knew we had to lift it.

“We had to come out and match them, we did that, and we got the result which we are delighted about.

“I knew that they were going to throw everything at us. I don’t think it was a foul in the first place, but it was given and perhaps we have to do better defensively to set up as a unit.

“But we did well to hang on and now we know that we have to build on it.

Ellis’ goal was his second in succession having returned to the first-team action following on from a long-term knee injury.

And the defender was delighted to get on the scoresheet again having notched in Rovers’ triumph at Shrewsbury Town.

He added: “Loitering at the back post is something that I’ve done in my career and at the ball came to me and it was an empty net.”​

Ellis has also formed a centre back partnership with fellow experienced defender Peter Clarke.

“He’s a player that has played at a higher level, and at the minute we are bouncing off each other and communicating, and I that is the vital part of organising the lads around us.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to play with some very experienced centre-halves in my career and I’ve picked up a lot off them and it’s helping me as well.”​

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