Michael Ellison makes Widnes league admission as ‘slight frustration’ outlined

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Widnes manager Michael Ellison feels his side should have more points from their opening 13 games – as he rued their struggle for goals.

It’s a different story so far to the one that transpired a year ago. At that time, Ellison was two months into the role, looking to steer Widnes off the foot of the table. 

This time around, they have 13 points from as many games and bounce into next Wednesday’s derby clash with City of Liverpool, off the back of their 2-0 win over promotion hopefuls Kidsgrove Athletic.

While the Northern Premier League West table changes game-by-game, Widnes sit five points clear of the bottom two and just six off the top five.

Reflecting on their start, Ellison believes their position is slightly false as he looks for improvements from his side.

He told Off The Park: “I think it’s been okay, we started off well and then had a tough patch around October time where we couldn’t win a game.

“I don’t think the performances have warranted the points we should’ve got, we should have more points. The clear and obvious answer is we haven’t scored enough goals, that’s something we’ve struggled with. 

“We have one of the best defensive records but one of the worst for goals for, we know where we need to improve, we’ve been trying to recruit the players and it’s been difficult. I think we’ve done okay, there’s a slight bit of frustration that we haven’t picked up points from. 

“We’ve just won 2-0 at home, kept a clean sheet which is something we’ve built on, if we can score more and get on the right end of the fine margins with two wins you can find yourself in the playoffs, with two defeats you can find yourself looking over your shoulder. In a nutshell, it’s been okay.”

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