We were wondering if Rob Elliot would be fit for the important game at West Brom tomorrow afternoon, after Rob injured his ankle on Sunday, but he is fit to play and will line up between the sticks for Newcastle at the Hawthorns tomorrow.
Rob Elliot – needs to be in top form tomorrow
Only a win or a very well-played draw will satisfy Newcastle fans, who are still smarting (and hurting) from the terrible and completely unexpected 3-0 loss to Sunderland last Sunday at St. James’ Park.
Alan Pardew has been heavily criticized for the defeat, and he didn’t help himself by saying after the game the reason for the bad defeat was that his players were tired – fans never want to hear lame excuses – which is what it sounded like.
Rob Elliot is well aware the players have to regain the confidence of the Newcastle fans, after badly letting the Geordie Nation down last Sunday.
This is what Rob said in the local press today:
“It’s very hard after losing the derby to ask the fans to get behind us,” “They’re Newcastle through and through, regardless of what’s gone on. They’ll always be there. We’ve got to get them back on our side.”
“We need to get them back to where they were the Thursday against Benfica before the derby, because I’ve never seen go out of a competition and get clapped off the pitch.”
“It was amazing. It just shows the ups and downs of the city.” “They’re hurting at the moment – that’s completely understandable – but I think they still have a lot of faith in this team.”
“We just need to go out and show commitment. The energy levels after a week off will be key. We’ve played a lot of games this year.” “I think we’ve got to use it to kick us on for the rest of the season,”
“It was a low point against Sunderland, especially when you saw the efforts we put in against Benfica. We’ve played a lot of games, and the last one was disappointing.
“We need to kick on in the last five games and put in a proper, honest performance and play to the best of our ability. We were playing well until Sunday.”
“Everyone was disappointed. It’s a case of putting things right in the next five games, and finishing the season strongly. “You want to win every game, regardless of who you’re playing.”
“That’s what we’ll look to do at West Brom. We want to put in a performance first, but we’re looking for the three points, like we do every game. “Off the back of a defeat in a derby, it makes it that bit more important. Hopefully, we can get everything right and get everything back on track.”
“Before Sunday, we were playing good football. We got a good result against Fulham.” “Benfica’s record speaks for itself. So we’ve got to make sure we use the hurt from Sunday to push us on.”
Rob seems an honest lad, and he’s done himself a lot of good with his excellent performances this season for Newcastle.
And he will have to deputize in the last five games for Tim Krul, who is out for the season with a dislocated shoulder – yet another injury for Newcastle.
We need Rob to be in top form tomorrow, and for our other players to give an inspired performance – nothing else will be good enough.
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