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.
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?
Howay The Lads!!
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