Tim Krul Doubtful For Stoke Game – Elliot Brilliant In Training

Alan Pardew mentioned in his press conference yesterday that Tim Krul sat out training yesterday with a back spasm.

Rob Elliot – been brilliant in training

While Alan said that he expects Tim will be okay for Saturday’s gamer against Stoke after some rest,  we wonder if Newcastle really have enough cover at the goalkeeper position.

Tim has been a huge player for Newcastle this season, and his absence from the side in the league this season would be a severe blow to Newcastle, so we have to hope he’s OK for Saturday.

But surely Newcastle need to increase their cover in case Tim is injured next season, and is out for a while.

We expect Fraser Forster to be sold to Celtic in the summer, and it would not b a surprise if a new goalkeeper is brought in over the summer,  to challenge Rob Elliot for the back-up goalkeeper position on Tyneside.

Rob is untested in the Premier League, and has played only once for the Newcastle first team, in the 4-3 defeat of Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup last September.

But Alan Pardew seems to have faith in Elliot, whom he says has been brilliant in training:

“Tim had a little spasm in his back, we didn’t see a problem with that.”  “It should go away. If not, Robbie Elliot will play and Robbie’s been absolutely brilliant in the background here.”

“In some ways I wouldn’t be against him playing,  so if I think Tim is in any doubt, he won’t play.”  

“We’re calm and we’ve got momentum. There’s a good feeling at the training ground and that makes us dangerous, I think.” 

There’s some of Alan Pardew’s excellent man management in action.

You usually get what you expect out of people, so if you expect them to be great and play well, more often than not, they will do just that.

We really hope that Tim is okay for Saturday, but it’s heartening that Rob Elliot has been showing up well in training.

But whoever starts in goal on Saturday, we need all 3 points, in what looks like our easiest game of the five remaining games still to be played – at least on paper

Howay The Lads!!

17 comments so far

  • donegalmag

    Apr 20, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #1


    Hey guys..just booked my stag do in Newcastle in October..gonna be only my second time goin there..can’t wait…just praying now that we get a match day…any tips on the best places to go out…we staying on the quay..

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 20, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #2



    In the 2007/08 season Man U won the Prem & the CL. The next season, Man U, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal all entered the CL. Arsenal finished 4th yet were still allowed to enter the CL playoff round.

    Have the rules changed since then? Why would 4th not get CL IF Chelsea won the CL?

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 20, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Ignore the Q.

    I get it now! Thanks.

  • Lee Dodd

    Apr 20, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Were is Steve Harper Then ??? Give Him His Last Home Game at least !!!!!

  • redondo77

    Apr 20, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #5

    This is 2nd team
    ———–Best/ Shola————

  • rich_toonfan

    Apr 20, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #6

    I am not too worried if Krul is out…..it is not ideal but I have not seen enough of elliott to say he is good or bad.

    I am sure he will do ok, we wouldn’t have signed a player if he was no where near the standard required.

    Obviously he is no Krul but he will do a decent job.

  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 20, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #7

    I think I remember reading that Harps has a muscle injury.

  • check the toastie

    Apr 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Krul is a must for 2moros game, he is big and commanding and comes for stokes long balls, from throw and crosses, not a gud game for a new keeper, who may be nervous.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 20, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #9

    hmmmm.. Krul on crutches and a zimmer frame or the untested Elliot. Wait, wait I’m thinking…

    No seriously though this is in fact the dreaded GK backup scenario, isn’t it? wouldn’t it be ironic if our run-in was scuppered by a rusty keeps…….

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Apr 20, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #10

    He’s bound to be nervous, he hasn’t played for six-months and he’s never played a SJP.

    A few early touches and catches will help.
    Tough ask for reserve goalies, warming the bench every week, then suddenly having to play with no game-time under their belts.

    Howay Elliot lad!!!

  • redondo77

    Apr 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #11

    2nd team looks good, not bad at all, capable to win games.
    I remember watching Sampdoria played with 9 youngsters, because they have so many injuries and they really good, the yougsters eager to show their potential and they won the game. I think it was against Parma or Napoli, I forgot which season it was, the GK definitely was Pagliuca.

  • Pardew's fist pump

    Apr 20, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #12

    krul’s the best in the league at claiming crosses safely. Crucial he makes it tomorrow, probably costly if he doesn’t.

  • martoon

    Apr 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #13

    I’m sure Elliot has been decent in training but when you think about it Pardew is not going to say “Rob has been cr*p in training but as there is nobody else we will have to play him”.
    Seriously if Elliot plays who will be on the bench as Harper has only recently resumed training after an injury.

  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #14

    Isn’t there a promising lad from the under 18 side? Where’s Jack Alnick? Rob Elliot does not convince me at all. If he’s on the starting line-up I’ll be bricking it the whole game. Krul gives confidence you don’t get with many keepers.

  • jakesome

    Apr 20, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #15

    elliot against forest was a mess, nervous, under confident and made a lot of mistakes against a lower league team. he’s no prem keeper imo. i dont think im wrong

  • BringBackTav

    Apr 20, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #16

    It’s sad that Harper is hurt, it would have been nice to see him get a game with Time out.

  • James RS

    Apr 20, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #17

    No need to comment I echo the words of jakesome and geordiejamie 89 totally Elliot was a mess against forest, nervous, under confident, made a lot of mistakes ..and I’ll also be bricking it the whole game if he plays against Stoke 🙂 ..not a premier player at all or even good enough for Newcastle united..Forster would be better as back up for Krul surely having played for champions league team Celtic.I couldnt even understand why Ellliot was bought at the time..the goalkeeping position has been weakened considerably.


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