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INTERVIEW: Good to be back

22 January 2016

Mark Ellis looks ahead to the York game at Brunton Park

Defender Mark Ellis spoke to us following the first training session on the new pitch at Brunton Park about scoring the winning penalty against Yeovil on Tuesday night.

"It's good to be back at Brunton Park," he told us. "We've trained on it today and I think it was vital we got back on it as soon as possible.

"It's a great place to be and I'm looking forward to the next two-and-a-half years. Since I signed I've scored my first goal for the club and then there was the penalty on Tuesday night. 

"The penalty was massive and I knew what the expectations were. I knew if I scored we were into the next round against Everton."

"I didn't feel any pressure taking it," he insisted. "It was all about hitting the target and we were going through. If I'm taking a penalty I always take the last one. I said that to the gaffer and he allowed me to do it. Thankfully we got the reward for it.

"All I was thinking about was hitting the target. I didn’t let the fans bother me even though their crowd behind the goal were trying to put us off. I always like to turn my back on the keeper and not look at him at all."

"The two games against Yeovil were a real challenge," he said. "They've given us two good games and we've had to grind the results out. You could look back to the Yeovil game here as well because they threw everything at us."

"Everton is a one off chance for us," he told us. "We'll go out and show what we can do and hopefully show people what we're all about. York is a bigger game as far as I'm concerned. We need to make sure we get the three points to try and push towards the play-offs again.

"Like I say, it's our first game back here and we want to put on a show. The travelling has been tough but I think we did the right thing by staying down south after the Barnet game. 

"Obviously the lads were away from families and things like that, but sometimes it's got to be done. We got the result in the end but we're all looking forward to this home game.

"The fact is that the lads who start on Saturday are playing for places, so it's a massive opportunity for us all."

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