KEVIN Ellison says being "disrespected" led him to roar in the face of Derek Adams after sealing Newport County AFC’s win on his return to Morecambe.

The veteran forward secured a vital win in the Exiles’ push for promotion from League Two when he added to Matty Dolan’s penalty and Josh Sheehan’s drilled effort in a 3-1 win.

It made it the perfect return to Morecambe for 42-year-old Ellison, who is a Shrimps legend after 391 appearances and 88 goals for the club between 2011 and 2020.

The Liverpudlian was frozen out by Adams and made to train on his own before being released last summer.

He was contemplating life after football before County boss Michael Flynn offered him a one-year deal – and gave the veteran a chance for revenge.

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“Maybe people will say it was written in the stars. I was quite happy with it as you could see from my celebration,” said Ellison.

“The way Derek Adams treated me was disrespectful, so why not. I’m glad Newport got the result and I owed them one.

“Newport County put food on the table for me and my kids so that’s where my loyalties lie.”

Ellison came off the bench in the Rodney Parade win against the Shrimps and was thrilled to make it a double.

“I’m just sorry it didn’t happen in the home game as well because it would have been nice to do it in both fixtures against them,” he said.

“I knew something was going to happen. I was more than happy with my celebration, I don’t care what anyone says. He disrespected me, I don’t like him, that’s how it goes.”

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Ellison was put in on goal when Nicky Maynard worked the ball to him on the left to leave the midfielder thinking: “Home dugout, that’s all.

“It was the way he went about saying things. If he had been honest enough, and man enough, to tell me ‘I don’t fancy you, you’re 41, go and find a club’, I’d have respected him for that.

“But he didn’t. He did things behind my back, but it came back to bite him on Saturday, didn’t it?”

Ellison will hope to feature again when County travel to struggling Port Vale on Tuesday.