Duke aims for starting place
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Nathan Ellington is gunning for a starting spot after his goal at the weekend.
Nathan Ellington is gunning for a starting spot after his goal at the weekend saw West Brom take a point at Birmingham.
The Baggies will feel aggrieved at not having claimed maximum spoils on their travels to St Andrews after missing several gilt-edged opportunities.
Ellington proved he has all the attributes to make a name for himself as a top flight striker when he came off the bench to notch a leveller but first, he is aiming to claim regular football.
Since arriving in the Midlands from Wigan in the summer, Ellington has endured a mixed time at The Hawthorns, scoring regularly in October and November and then drying up prior to Saturday's goal.
Ellington remains confident that he can help fire the club to Premiership safety, if he is given the chance to impress by Baggies chief Bryan Robson.
"I've been confident, even though I haven't scored for a while, that I can come on and make a difference," he told the Birmingham Mail.
"I know that if I get a chance I'm going to score. It was good to get off the mark again and important we didn't lose against Birmingham.
''No player is happy to be in and about the team and on the bench, I'm a player who wants to start games and show what I can do.
"It's quite hard to come on for ten minutes and show what you can do in that little time."
While delighted at grabbing such a crucial goal, Ellington admits he is still rueing the one that got away, with the former Wigan hit-man striking the bar late on when through on goal.
''To be honest I was thinking about the one I didn't score,'' he added on Sky Sports News.
''I tried to put it in the bottom left, somehow it went up so maybe there was a bobble on the pitch.''