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Harrison: The debut goal is irrelevant to me, it’s the win that counts

8 January 2022

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New signing Ellis Harrison spoke to the press after finding the net on his debut which finished in a 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers on Saturday afternoon.

The 27-year-old, who signed for the club just hours before starting against Donny, netted his first goal just 50 minutes into his debut as Paddy Lane cut in from the right and provided his eighth assist of the season for Harrison, who poked home from close range.

Here’s what Ellis had to say after the game:

On his move to Fleetwood…

“The debut goal is irrelevant to me, it’s the win that counts. As long as the side stays safe, that’s the most important thing for me. Wins are more important than goals to me, what is good if I score and we lose the game – I’ve got a job to do and that’s to keep Fleetwood safe and we’ve done that as a team today.

“It’s always nice to get a goal but getting three points is the main thing for us – we came here and did that which was what I wanted from the start. You’ve seen how good the boys defended today; they were like rocks at the back. [Alex] Cairns was quiet at the back all game and then he had to pull off that save just before the end, you just have to take your hat off to that.

“The win was important today because it means we have another three points on the board, we need to try and replicate this result against Rotherham next week. It doesn’t matter who we go to, we need to get points – that’s the main thing.”

On the youth in the side…

“You’ve seen how good this group of players are, I don’t have to come in and help them. You’ve seen how good Paddy [Lane] and Cian [Hayes] are, they’ve shown you what they can do, and they’ve done the same over the last couple of days for me.

“You want to see players like this flourish and get moves to bigger clubs like James Hill has just done and these boys have the quality to do that as well – they’ve shown they got enough quality, especially after the game today.”

Looking towards the rest of the season…

“I came to Fleetwood to play games; when you look at the first half today, they battled their way through and it was incredible and it wasn’t only me who saw that, the fans did too. I wasn’t surprised to see it as I spoke to the manager before and those are the reasons I came here.

“That win was just the start for us, we’ve got the three points, but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. We’ve just got to make sure that we build on this result against Rotherham next week, as we know it is going to be a tough game – every game is winnable for us.

“We are always moving forwards; I spoke to the manager who is always looking towards the future but we just need to make sure that we know that this is just three points, and we have to build on this now.”

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