Har­ri­son hero­ics oblit­er­ate Cob­blers

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

EL­LIS Har­ri­son’s four goals in­spired Bris­tol Rovers’ thump­ing win over Northamp­ton and man­ager Dar­rell Clarke claims it was no less than the striker de­served.

Rovers closed in on the League One play-off places but the re­sult heaped the pres­sure on Cob­blers boss Rob Page, with his side con­ced­ing four goals in­side the first 25 min­utes of the match.

Billy Bodin opened the scor­ing on seven min­utes with a spec­tac­u­lar in­di­vid­ual goal be­fore Har­ri­son took over, net­ting a stun­ning seven-minute hat-trick.

The Wales Un­der-21 in­ter­na­tional added an­other af­ter the break as Rovers moved up to eighth in the ta­ble.

Clarke said: “We got off to a great start. We were re­ally pos­i­tive and to get four goals so quickly made the af­ter­noon a lot eas­ier.

“I was pleased with per­for­mance and scor­ing five and keep­ing a clean sheet as well is a Bru­cie bonus!

“El­lis has got his re­wards for his hard work this sea­son and is now ma­tur­ing into the player we hoped he would.”

Mean­while, Page’s po­si­tion is look­ing pre­car­i­ous.

“I would like to apol­o­gise to the fans be­cause that per­for­mance was to­tally un­ac­cept­able,” he said.

“It wasn’t just men against boys out there, it was men against girls.

“It was em­bar­rass­ing and I re­ally felt for the sup­port­ers.

“Foot­ball man­agers are al­ways un­der pres­sure be­cause it’s a re­sults busi­ness and I can’t an­swer ques­tions about my fu­ture.

“The board and the chair­man are the only ones who can. But from my point of view I’m not a quit­ter and I won't change now.

“I want to im­prove things for this foot­ball club. If I’m given the op­por­tu­nity then great, if I’m not then I'll deal with it.”

Bodin put Rovers ahead as he turned past David Buchanan be­fore blast­ing a right-footed shothome from 20 yards. Har­ri­son made it 2-0 when he flicked in a cross from James Clarke from the right wing at the near post.

He net­ted again when he bun­dled in from close-range af­ter Mark McChrys­tal headed Chris Lines’ cor­ner back across goal.

And the sev­en­minute hat-trick was com­plete when Lee Brown crossed from the left and Har­ri­son cheek­ily back-heeled home.

Af­ter the break the Welsh star made it 5-0 as he col­lected a pass from Bodin be­fore turning to shoot home from ten yards out.

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