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PRE-MATCH | Kevin Ellison: "We could have two teams and the second team would do alright in League Two as well"

24 November 2020

Kevin Ellison says he is eager to earn more minutes on the pitch after netting a dramatic winner against Port Vale to maintain Newport County AFC's lead at the top of the Sky Bet League Two table.

Ellison fired home an injury-time winner against the Valiants to send County three points clear of second-placed Cheltenham Town.

The winger was given his chance in the closing stages of the game after replacing Ryan Haynes in the 85th minute, and now he is hopeful he can enjoy more minutes on the pitch. 

"I had a laugh and a joke when I scored. I said to him (Michael Flynn), 'you gave me six minutes, but imagine what I could do if you gave me more!” joked Ellison.

"I can't expect to play, the lads have been unbelievable since the start of the season and they've been a pleasure to watch.

"We have no arguments about playing. We cannot go and knock on the gaffer’s door when the team are winning most weeks.

"For us substitutes it's about being ready and taking your chance when it comes."

Ellison was part of a seven-strong substitutes' bench against Port Vale, and the forward says he is impressed by the depth in the Exiles' ranks this season.

"I think we have 25 or 26 first teamers.” Ellison said.

"We have Aaron Lewis and Lewis Collins - both internationals who are not even in the squad.

"Going forward as a football club, it’s great. We could have two teams and the second team would do alright in League Two as well.

"We have a really strong squad and people are going to be upset because there will be times this season where we aren’t even substitutes because there is competition for places. It makes it better for the lads that are in there because it raises their game.”

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