Newcastle’s best performer at Bordeaux on Thursday night was Rob Elliot, who is leading in our Man of the Match poll from Nile Ranger, who looked good in patches last night and the promising Gael Bigirimana. The Newcastle goalkeeper was in outstanding form and made four brilliant saves in the first half, and the scoreline could have been a lot worse but for another excellent performance from the former Charlton goalkeeper.
Rob Elliot – made several brilliant saves last night
Cheick Diabate scored a goal in each half, and the 2-0 scoreline hardly shows the dominance of Bordeaux.
The 26-year-old has an excellent attitude and he had this to say after the game last night:
“It’s hard to be pleased when you lose.” “It’s a tough one as a keeper because sometimes you can let in four goals and still play well, or keep a clean sheet and play poorly.” “But I was pleased I guess.”
“I made some saves and it was just another chance for me to try and impress the manager and show what I can do.” “I was pleased to get the opportunity.” “It’s tough at the moment because Tim is obviously doing fantastically well, so I am battling it out with Harps for the chance to play in games like this.”
“Hopefully whenever I get my chance I put in a good performance so that the manager knows he can rely on me next time I’m needed.” “We are disappointed. It was a tough pitch and we had a team of young lads but we could have done a little bit more.”
“You’ve got to give respect to Bordeaux. They played very well and it’s a learning lesson for the next bit of the Europa League.” “Having such a good run so far, undefeated, we wanted to finish on a high and win the group.” “But we qualified from the group and, putting tonight’s result aside, that is a great achievement because it was a tricky group.”
We thought it may have been a flash in the pan when Rob put in some excellent performances earlier this season, but it seems that every time this lad plays, he gives a good account of himself, and in this form he’s a threat to Tim Krul as Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper.
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