Duke issues rallying call
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Nathan Ellington has issued a rallying call ahead of what is a busy Christmas period.Nathan Ellington has issued a rallying call ahead of what is a busy Christmas period of Premiership action.
West Brom went down to a disappointing defeat at the weekend against Portsmouth but Ellington remains confident that this blip will prove temporary.
The Baggies face Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool over the festive period, with their in-form hit-man admitting that Saturday's loss was a poor result.
However, having started to establish himself in the top flight after initially beginning the campaign slowly, the former Wigan favourite is ready to continue on the goal trail in the New Year.
"The least we could have hoped for at Portsmouth was a draw,'' said Ellington.
''But we came away with nothing and were very disappointed especially as it ended our unbeaten run.
"They might have had a bit more spark because Harry Redknapp was back in charge. That normally happens when a manager arrives on the scene.
"But their players are no different to ours. They don't have super powers just because the manager has come back. We under-achieved on Saturday.
"Now we've got a very tough schedule over Christmas - especially with the number of games in such a short space of time.
"But, although everybody is disappointed with Saturday's performance, the confidence is still there that we can nick some points off teams we're not expected to nick points off."