Widnes manager Michael Ellison pleased with Trafford response

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Widnes manager Michael Ellison was pleased with the response from his side as they beat Trafford.

Tom Stephens scored the crucial goal in their 2-1 win after Matty Morgan cancelled out Max Bardsley-Rowe’s opener.

The win was Widnes’ second win of the campaign as they asserted their claim for safety cutting the deficit between themselves and Ramsbottom United to three points.

For Ellison, the most pleasing aspect was the reaction to their midweek defeat to City of Liverpool.

He told Off The Park: “With us not playing this Saturday, it was important that we got three points, it was important we got a reaction from Tuesday and we just got a win, however that come it, it came.

‘I thought we were worth the win in the end, we created better chances, it wasn’t a game for the football purist – there’s no denying that.

“Trafford are a very good side, they’re on the back of an excellent win away at Clitheroe and we had to stop them playing first and foremost, be more difficult to beat and we did that exactly that, took our moments and managed to get over the line. 

“Some lads didn’t deserve to be involved after Tuesday night that’s clear, there’s no arguing.

“I don’t think anyone could pick the phone up and ask why they wasn’t playing from Tuesday, some of them were enforced but we had to do that most weeks.

“Some lads have been available, some lads haven’t but some performances weren’t up to it, were nowhere near it so they were never going to play.

“We worked on a few things, we trained, we were in the graveyard shift on Thursday night, they were turning the lights off because we had to get a full pitch and work on a bit of shape, the lads worked hard.

“I was critical of them on Tuesday and I think they deserved a bit of credit for bouncing back on Tuesday. We’ll pick a team how we see fit but lads have got to perform it’s as simple as that.”

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