‘Another huge opportunity’ – Michael Ellison targets triumph as Widnes travel to Skelmersdale United

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Widnes manager Michael Ellison is hopeful his side can build on their Runcorn Linnets performance.

They came to within minutes of claiming three points over their Halton rivals only to be denied by Jamie Rainford.

Skelmersdale United are their next test with goal difference separating the two sides. The Whites boss believes it’s a ‘big opportunity’.

He told Off The Park: “It’s another chance, it’s another game, we go above them if we beat them so it’s a game that we’re going into confident after the performance against Runcorn. It’s a game we want to go there and try and win, it’s another big opportunity.

“Anyone who was at the game and seen the performance, being down to 10 men for 55 minutes, or whatever it was, I thought we were the better team. I think the last two games we played how we want to, on the front foot, pressing teams but I thought we looked good, created a lot of chances.

“You have to take confidence from that performance [against Runcorn Linnets], what’s missing is that final piece which is the toughest thing.

“Hopefully it will click and we get a couple of goals but Skem are down there, fighting for their lives, they’re a decent side, got good players, a decent manager so we’re certainly not going there and overlooking them, we’re going there confident but aware of their strengths.

“The old saying, you’d rather be a good manager or a lucky manager. Luck does play its part, I’m a big believer that we make our own luck and if we keep doing the right things like we have for the past few games, stick to what we do, what we know, hopefully that luck will turn in our favour.”

“I’m not downplaying the game, it’s a massive game. I’ve said before, I think it’s too early for must-win games, it’s really tight down there and it is a massive opportunity to take three points off a team who are in and around us,” he added.

“It’s a chance to jump another place off the bottom so it’s a game we want to win, believe we can win, we won’t be approaching it any different to the Runcorn game, we’re aware of their strengths and weaknesses. But if we can take Saturday’s performance into that game, we’ll have a good chance of winning.”

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