Mowbray eyes Ellington role
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Tony Mowbray claims he has no intention of selling Nathan Ellington in January.
Tony Mowbray claims he has no intention of selling Nathan Ellington in January after the striker's two goals earned West Bromwich Albion victory over Preston.
Ellington came off the substitutes' bench in the 75th minute with the score at 2-2 after a Graham Alexander penalty and David Nugent strike had cancelled out efforts from Jason Koumas and Diomansy Kamara.
Mowbray claims Ellington - who has been linked with a move to former club Wigan and Watford - is an integral part of his first team.
"I am delighted for Nathan as he stays on the training ground to work on his finishing," said Mowbray.
"I know the first goal had a helping hand from the goalkeeper but he has got his rewards for the work that he has been putting in.
"He has got a big part to play here. He will get better and he is the kind of player who believes that he will score every time that he plays.
"The more strikers you have the better chance you have to win games.
"We really got going again in the last 20 minutes and steamrollered Preston. It is a powerful tool to have.
"We are in the top six now but that does not concern me. All that worries me is winning games and where we will finish the season."
Preston boss Paul Simpson was disappointed his high-flying side's two-goal fightback proved to be in vain, particularly as the visitors played much of the game with only ten men.
Danny Dichio was sent off in the first half following an elbow on Paul McShane but Preston battled back, only to be denied by Ellington.
Defeat was all the more galling for Simpson as Ellington's first goal owed a debt to North End goalkeeper Carlo Nash.
"They were disappointing goals to concede. I know that Carlo Nash will take some stick for his mistake but these things happen and he has been a different class for us this season. It was a freaky goal and we have to accept it," said Simpson.
"We had done really well to get back to 2-2 and we deserved something from the game at that stage."
Simpson could also appeal Dichio's dismissal: "I am not trying to sit on the fence but I did not see whether he made any contact.
"Danny said he did not make any contact and he would like to try to appeal if we could.
"At the time Tony said the officials were ruining the game and it says it all when both managers are flabbergasted by some of the decisions."