Michael Ellison discusses ‘massive’ Colne encounter after Widnes score crucial Workington win

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Widnes manager Michael Ellison has labelled their clash with Colne as massive after their ‘deserved’ win over Workington.

Sean Miller scored the only goal of the game against the Reds in an unlikely win for the Whites as the relegation-threatened side came up against the promotion-chasers.

But Widnes showed they were no pushovers and continued their impressive run of results with an important win in their quest for survival.

The win, as a result, moved them level on points with Colne who they take on this weekend.

“The most important thing at this stage of the season is points isn’t it with the situation we’re in. As a manager you have to analyse the performance whether you win or lose and I thought it was really good, from start to finish we were outstanding and what it does is gives us confidence going into a tough week,” said Ellison speaking to Off The Park.

“I’m delighted for the lads, we’ve had good performances before and maybe not got the result we deserved but it’s nice to get the result we deserved. Hopefully it stands us in good stead for the next four games.

“We need the points but it wasn’t it a smash and grab or we sat in defending for large parts, we were the better side. Their ‘keeper was the busier and the reaction from the Ramsbottom game, I was disappointed even though I thought we should’ve won the game with the chances we had, I don’t think we played particularly well.

“To get a response and put in a performance like that was really good. We looked a threat when we went forward and solid defensively, it was a clean sheet against a very good side.”

Goal difference separates themselves and Colne in the two relegation playoff positions in the Northern Premier League West. A win could see them move out of the relegation zone as they sit just two points off safety.

Ellison knows the magnitude of the trip to Holt House. He added: “It’s massive, it’s huge for both clubs. We’re under no illusions it’s a chance, if we can win, we go above them, there’s four games left and opportunities are running out.

“It’s a huge game, the pitch, the conditions will be different and off the back of the win, we should be going in confident. We’ve got a gameplan and the lads can go and execute it, if we do that we’ll be okay, we play Monday so it’ll be tough.

“A new manager, new ideas, maybe you get that bounce, they beat Bootle away, Rammy at home, we’ve watched footage and got a report on them, there’s no easy games in this league. We went to Rammy last week, they played well, some good football, caused us problems, it doesn’t matter who you’re playing and we have to be at our best to get something.”

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