‘The most frustrating thing’ – Michael Ellison sets Widnes target as they kick off run against Glossop North End

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Widnes manager Michael Ellison is looking for his side to bounce back against Glossop North End after their defeat to Newcastle Town.

They remain at the foot of the Northern Premier League West table and their 3-1 loss at home came two weeks ago.

The postponement of their game with City of Liverpool came at the wrong time for the Whites boss.

He told Off The Park: “It’s not ideal, the only upside is everyone is in the same boat, we expected the game to be on on Saturday but then the weather was a little bit worse than we thought and we had to call it off – was hoping to get it on.

“It is what it is, everyone is scampering for a training venue, it’s a pain in the backside but everyone is in the same boat, you just have to crack on with it really.

“I think it’s a bad thing, when you have a defeat you want the next game to come quickly don’t you? It was a disappointing defeat, seems like an age ago, you almost forget about it and it’s important that you don’t. It’s a reminder that if you don’t do certain things, you lose football matches, I think it’s a bad thing overall.”

Widnes play two of the playoff hopefuls in their next three matches with that run kicking off against fellow strugglers Glossop North End.

Stuart Mellish’s side have come into a good run of form which included their commanding win over City of Liverpool prior to the enforced break.

“I think we’ve got 15 games left, we had a bit of a meeting after the Newcastle Town game, there’s a points tally that we want to reach which we feel that’ll be enough to keep us up so we’re working towards that,” Ellison said discussing their ambitions for the remainder of the campaign.

“It’s tough, it’s tough for anybody, we’ve not been able to put that run together, I’ve got to take responsibility for that and the buck stops with me, I’ve got no problem with that, I’ve got to come up with a way to win games.

“It’s been tough, it’s been tough for everybody, I just feel that you try not to look back on games you should’ve won or should’ve got more points out of, that’s the frustrating thing. We have to look forward, ahead, concentrate on Glossop, a team who are in and around it, we’re fully prepared to go there and get some sort of result.

“I was at the game against City of Liverpool and they won 3-0, they picked points up here and there, they’re at home – it’ll be a game they feel that they can win.

“The results every week, you look at the fixtures, anyone is beating everyone, there’s no easy games, sometimes it is down to who gets the rub of the green on the day, hopefully we can keep working hard, get the rub of the green and get a result.”

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