STAR­LET EL­LIS IS CLARKE’S ‘WIN­NER’

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Spit­tles

BRISTOL Rovers star­let El­lis Har­ri­son showed he is quickly adapt­ing to life on League Two, and man­ager Dar­rell Clarke ad­mits the 21-year-old is a great player to have around.

Har­ri­son, who played a star­ring role last sea­son as Rovers re­turned to the Football League at the first at­tempt, bagged a late win­ner against ten-man Yeovil Town to clinch their first league win of the sea­son.

He made it two goals in as many games as he broke Yeovil’s re­sis­tance with just two min­utes left to fire Rovers to vic­tory.

A man-of-the-match dis­play from home keeper Ar­tur Krysiak looked set to deny the Pi­rates as he made im­pres­sive saves to keep out ef­forts from Har­ri­son, Ol­lie Clarke and Matty Tay­lor.

But af­ter Yeovil midfielder Matty Dolan was sent off for his sec­ond book­able of­fence, Har­ri­son blasted past Krysiak from close range.

Rovers boss Clarke said: “As the game went on we won­dered if it wasn’t go­ing to be our day but then El­lis pops up with a great strike.

“We kept prob­ing, com­mit­ted more men for­ward and fi­nally the ball fell for El­lis to smash the ball past their keeper, who had a great game and pulled off some great saves.

“It was a qual­ity strike from a young lad who is im­prov­ing all the time. I keep whack­ing him round the head now and then to keep him in check but he works hard and he’s a win­ner. I love win­ners.

“I think I’ve got a team of win­ners and you could see the ef­fort they put in out there to make sure we got the three points.”

Rovers dom­i­nated the first half but saw the out­stand­ing Krysiak, who ar­rived at Huish Park from Ex­eter City last sum­mer, keep them out with a se­ries of fine saves.

He tipped over a 20-yard shot from Har­ri­son be­fore re­peat­ing the trick to keep out a sim­i­lar ef­fort from Clarke.

Then Tay­lor broke clear, only to be de­nied by Krysiak, be­fore Chris Lines’ loop­ing cor­ner was cleared off the line by a Yeovil de­fender.

Hav­ing been booked in the first half, Dolan was sent off on 65 min­utes af­ter re­ceiv­ing a sec­ond yel­low card for a trip on Daniel Lead­bit­ter, leav­ing the Glovers up against it.

And Rovers fi­nally made their nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage count when Lee Brown headed across goal for Har­ri­son to smash a shot into the top cor­ner, giv­ing the im­pres­sive Krysiak no chance.

Yeovil have now lost all three games this sea­son and boss Paul Stur­rock is deal­ing with a lengthy in­jury list.

Stur­rock said: “Our goal­keeper was man of the match and that tells a story. We are a very in­ex­pe­ri­enced team and we’re try­ing to find our feet.

“We’ve got a lot of in­juries and play­ers are be­ing forced to play out of po­si­tion to com­pen­sate for that.

“Rovers de­served to win. They were the bet­ter side over the 90 min­utes and the red card was the fi­nal nail in the cof­fin for us.

“Ev­ery­thing seems to be go­ing against us at the mo­ment. Our job is to win football matches and things aren’t go­ing our way.”

PIC­TURES: JMP

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