Rob Elliot Better Than Tim Krul In Some Aspects Of His Game

26-year-old goalkeeper was held in good esteem by the Newcastle fans before yesterday’s game after his fine performances earlier in the season in the Europa League and Rob Elliot put in a very solid performance for Newcastle yesterday – after letting in an unfortunate goal after only three minutes, and the first time he handles the ball in the Premier League was to pick the ball out of the back of the net.

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Rob Elliot – very good display yesterday for Newcastle

But Elliot seems made of stern stuff and he played very well after that – including a phenomenal save form Ricky Lambert just after the break and then he collected some high crosses into the box very confidently – and he looked a very good goalkeeper yesterday.
We should more today – but it seems the initial prognosis on Tim Krul is that he could be out for up to five weeks – so Rob Elliot is an important player for Newcatsle – and he started off his Premier Lague carrer in great style yesterday.

This is what Alan Pardew thought of his performance, when he had this to say in the Shields Gazette:

“Robbie, after the first goal, was terrific.” “He took some crosses and looked accomplished.” “He kicked really well. His distribution’s going to add to us. He’s very accurate. That helped us.”

“It was just a great day.” “The concept of ‘French Day’ took a bit of pressure off the team.” “There wasn’t that anxiety in the crowd after we went a goal behind with their first shot at goal.” “Poor old Robbie didn’t have a chance with it.”

“You thought ‘this could be difficult’, but we didn’t panic.” “I thought that was as calm as we’ve been in a game. Yohan Cabaye was pulling the strings – it was a shame to lose him. He was feeling a bit dizzy.” “I was really pleased with the performance.”

Steve Harper has a knee injury so 19-year-old Jak Alnwick was named on the bench for the second time, and we don’t know how bad that persistent knee problem is that Steve has had over the last few years.

Rob played well and he’s better than Tim with his distribution,  and his kicking was accurate and he also has a good throw – in the second half he set up an attack with a great throw over the half way line out to the left wing and the very powerful (that’s an understatement) Moussa Sissoko.

It was just a great day at St. James Park yesterday and the sell-out crowd were asked to dress up,  and we had the dancing girls and everything.

And then we won the game – who could ask for anything more?

Not me.

Howay The Lads!!

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11 comments so far

  • rainrix

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Dunno how he managed that throw like, it was something thor would’ve been proud of 🙂

    Elliots good backup, he didnt show it much on saturday but he’s a decent shot stopper as well, we’ve seen that in the europa league. Excuse the pun but i reckon we’re in safe hands.

    Saying that i think he could have done better for the 2nd goal as it seemed to go right through him. Couldn’t have stopped the 1st one though as he hit the ball far to quickly

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    No serious gaffes from Elliot in the next few games could see Krul on the bench.

    Very impressed with Elliot, his distribution was refreshing.
    It really takes the pressure off.

    A difficult job well done.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #3

    I noticed the same during the game, he nearly always gave us a chance of winning the ball from his long kicks which krul struggles to do.

    His throwing was tip top too which is perfect for us, exactly what we need. It’s something krul needs to improve and i’m sure he will if he works on it but Elliott is a very capable back up,

  • dannyboy

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #4

    great win yesterday, made it hard for ourselves but thats newcastle for you, pure rollercoaster.
    whole team played well , nice to see tiote playing well , should half been booked though when he went in high with studs showing,he was lucky
    only critisim would be santon , the defensive side of his game really needs worked on, leaves us vunerable far too many times, glad haidara is breathing gown his neck, haidara will be a great lb in future.
    also jonas wasnt great but dont want to get starting on him, think we all accept what you get from jonas and were going to have to get on with it, anyway when HBA is match fit , our team is mouth watering , HBA is my favourite play he brings that touch of class to the team, dont get me wrong we have alot of class but there is something about him that lifts you of your seat , hes the sort of player you pay £40 everyweek just to see
    tough couple of games coming up, really want us to attack the europa , just hope cabaye and sissoko dont burn out as theyve played every minute and are first names ojn the teamsheet everyweek as they are essential to how we play now,
    UP THE TOON!!1

    and on elliot i think we are blessed with two quailty keepers, i think its clear to see his distrubtion is miles ahead

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 25, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #5


    I think the 2nd goal was difficult, it came quickly from close range and was that awkward distance where not close enough to use your feet but not far enough away for a proper dive….it was that one where it’s difficult and you have to dive past and have your hand come back under you which takes a bit more time.

    I am more and more impressed with him every time I see him. I don’t think he had any hard saves but he was tidy in his play.


    Feb 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    When Kruls fit Elliot is back on the bench regardless of his performances imo distribution is all well and good but Krul is a stand out keeper in the league

  • TorqToon

    Feb 25, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Plus an assist for Cisse’s worldy !!! 🙂

    Great stuff from Elliot and its nice to have somebody keeping Timmy on his toes!

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 25, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #8


    Agree with Santon. I don’t want us to take too much away from his attacking game but I will same the same as I say about Jonas.

    Santon is a defender, thats his primary job, do that well then attack.

    Jonas is an attacker, do that well then defend.

    I think santon will learn a lot from debuchy about being a fullback. Knowing when to make the runs to best benefit the team and learning when to hold back and anticipate the danger.

    It’s something which comes with experience so I’m not too worried really but having haidara is good as it keeps santon on his toes and working on his game.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 25, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #9


    Yeh krul will walk back in I have no doubt there.

    I’m just glad we have a good back up now.

  • Something Clever

    Feb 25, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #10

    He was killer!! Pinpoint accuracy on his kicks & his rocket throw past midfield!

  • numba9

    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #11

    not a bad back up keeper but not going to take kruls shirt in a month of sundays


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