Two-goal El­li­son is ap­ple of Jim’s eye

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Derek Quinn

MORE­CAMBE boss Jim Bent­ley was full of praise for vet­eran for­ward Kevin El­li­son as his two goals helped the Shrimps to only their se­cond win of the sea­son.

El­li­son grabbed the head­lines with goals on 34 and 81 min­utes to give the hosts their first vic­tory since the open­ing day of the cam­paign.

“Kev has been one of the best play­ers in this league for the last 10 years and you just can't write him off,” said Bent­ley.

“He's 38 now and ev­ery time he has a bad game, peo­ple say he is fin­ished, but he just keeps go­ing and is a con­stant threat to the op­po­si­tion.

“He's scored four goals in four games now and al­though he had a bit of luck with his se­cond, he was still in the right place at the right time and de­served his for­tune.

“It's great see Kev grab the head­lines but there were other good per­for­mances as well, and we looked a threat go­ing for­ward all af­ter­noon.

“I have said for a while that I think things are com­ing to­gether, and we saw that to­day with some great per­for­mances all over the park.

“We have brought in a lot of play­ers to the squad late this year and it is tak­ing time to get things right, and while we are get­ting much closer to where we want to be, I still think we are only play­ing at 75 or 80 per cent.”

The Ex­iles had equalised al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter El­li­son’s opener when Matty Dolan’s cor­ner found Mickey Demetriou, and he teed up Scot Bennett at the near post.

But af­ter Adam McGurk’s header was bril­liantly saved by Joe Day, El­li­son grabbed the win­ner nine min­utes from time, and New­port boss Mike Flynn did not pull any punches when asked to de­scribe his side's per­for­mance.

He said: “We were ter­ri­ble. Ab­so­lutely ter­ri­ble. We were beaten up all over the park.

“We looked like we hadn't worked on things in train­ing and we need to put it right. “If the lads are go­ing to pull out of chal­lenges like they did to­day, then they won't be play­ing.

“In all hon­esty, I could have sub­sti­tuted eight of them at half­time. They were that bad.

“I’m the first one to give them the credit, but to­day was nowhere near good enough. I haven’t had too many days like this since I have been man­ager, but I don’t want many more. I'm hop­ing it was a one-off.

“If we put in too many of those per­for­mances, we will be back at the wrong end of the ta­ble again.”

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