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Nathan looking for 'Ell of a turnaround

After spending last season on-loan at Derby County, Hornets striker Nathan Ellington was warned even before his return to the Vic' he was not part of the Hornets plans. However the man with the short-sight left [Brendan Rodgers in case you'd forgotten] and the Duke finds himself amongst the first-team action.

Speaking to Watford Observer this week, the former Bristol Rovers, Wigan and West Brom forward spoke frankly about the last two seasons of his career:

"It definitely upset me," Ellington revealed. "He [Rodgers] hadn`t even met me and was already talking like I was dismissed. I didn`t understand why he would say that before he had even seen me train. That was very disappointing."

Ellington then turned on the regime of Bredan who's predecessor, Aidy Boothroyd, now head honcho at Colchester:

"To be honest there were a few people at the place [Watford] who weren`t the best people to have around the dressing room and they have left now.

"The manager wanted to play a style which didn`t suit the players at all and that is why we had the bad run.

"He brought in players that don`t play that way. I could have dealt with it a bit better but it was hard."

Which though we all knew after watching Jobi McAnuff drift in and out of games for two years, it's nice to hear a dressing room incumbent confirm it.

The Duke is unsurprisingly aware of position he's in with regards to his wages too:

"It is no secret that the club needs to get me off the wage bill so whatever happens, happens. But while I am here, I am happy to play and see what happens in the transfer window.

"If there is a chance for me to move and it is good for the club and everybody else then fine."

Ellington went on to pinpoint Braveheart himself, big Malky Mackay as all the reasons for his turnaround at WD18. Indeed the forward who managed just 3 league goals in 13 starts at Derby last season has even entered the field to chants of 'Duke', [not 'boooooo'] in recent weeks.

In the mean time, all Hornet's fans will be praying the one-time sharp shooter will continue his decent vein of form from the bench after twice being denied at home to Cardiff yesterday by David Marshall.

Just for the record, Ellington's last goal in a Watford shirt came against Coventry City in April 2008.

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Date:Sunday October 4 2009
Time: 1:11PM


What a load of self-serving nonsense, still it maintains the ridiculous anti-Rodgers campaign you are running. But how nice of Ellington to say that he's happy to play whilst he's here; shame we're not so happy to pay his wages that he's never done anything to earn. Yes I'm sure that we will be inundated with clubs eager to take him in the transfer window. Even if he gets a few goals between now and the New Year he's been a total disaster for us and done nothing since leaving Wigan - other than warm benches at 3 different clubs and pickup his hefty wage packet.
04/10/2009 13:34:00
We're not running any 'anti-Rodgers' campaign here. Or personally I'm not. I can't speak for the other two eds. but we don't get together and discuss how best to attack him. In this article I have merely stated the fact that Rodgers said Ellington had no Watford future - how can you call that an 'anti-Rodgers campaign' ?
04/10/2009 14:37:00
Hey RFB - As I put in the match report after the 1-1 draw with Reading, here at VitalWatford it's time to move on, stand tall and sing proud... the past is the past.
04/10/2009 19:50:00
I don't think there will be that many clubs in for him in jan, unless he starts scoring, but when he came on against cardiff, he at least had a go, a great tuen in the box and a good save from the keeper. he put more of an effort in than Hoskins.
05/10/2009 09:42:00
Neikther do I Andy, it was a very tongue-in-cheek comment indeed. We can but hope..... Heh ho
06/10/2009 16:10:00
N E is NOT (when he gets a chance)playing that badly. Yes he's a bit of a bull in a china shop sometimes but he is a Watford player last time I saw.. Wages or no wages.. We do pay him what we pay him weather he plays or not... Maybe HH & NE could hit it off... I think NE deserves another chance.. He deserves a starting place in my opinion.. Hopefully he is given that chance in the next league match...
06/10/2009 17:41:00
watford should have got shot of nathan a long time ago! he offers us nothing.Commitment there is none,he can hold the ball up at times.But most of the time he is lazy,in front of goal the most nathan could hit in a season is probably 10. Not good enough,hendeson sordell and hoskins are better strikers than ellington. And what i like about henderson in particular is he runs his socks off! which is what i expect from any player wearing the shirt. If nathan showed this i would get behind him for sure.But nathan has never done much to convince me and for a club record fee he has been well below par.
Golden Looney
07/10/2009 14:56:00
Just read your opening paragraph again Tom/WFC123. "The man with the short sight left" as you call him, might still be right about Ellington and seems a reasonable judge of a player. Apart from rejecting NE, he also brought in Williamson (big profit) and Cowie (good player and now in the scottish squad for what it's worth). Not so short-sighted from where I sit.....
07/10/2009 16:07:00
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