There have been too many players this season who have come in and been found lacking in the famous black and white shirt of Newcastle – and that may still cost us our precious place in the Premier League this season.
Rob Elliot – proved his mettle this season
But one player who has proved himself this season is Rob Elliot, who has played very well for Newcastle, when he’s come in a number of times in goal for the injured Tim Krul.
And Rob saved us a point at Upton Park on Saturday with a fantastic double save in the second half, from former captain Kevin Nolan, and maybe that’s the point that will save us this season.
Rob has proved he is worthy to be the backup to Tim Krul, and he had this to say in the Evening Chronicle today:
“You just have to have that self-belief.” “I’ve never been an arrogant person, but I have always had self-belief. You are going to get knocked down in whatever your walk of life.”
“You just have to make sure you react. Sometimes one bad thing happens and you can let it get on top of you.” “But everybody as a club has said we won’t let it affect us.”
“We’ve taken a lot of criticism on the chin and we’ve just accepted it. “The only way to answer it is to put performances in. That has been a massive plus for me as a person at the club to see that.”
“You get to this end of the season and if you are down there you can only concentrate on yourself.” “That’s the biggest thing to do.” “When you start worrying about other teams that’s when it goes wrong.” “
It is all about us – we have to do what we need to do.” “It is in our own hands rather than relying on others.” “It was a good step picking up a point against a good team like West Ham.
“That will kick us on for the next two games.” “We go into the game with confidence.” “They are similar to West Ham, so we know what to expect.”
“They may be relegated but they are playing for next season.” “We needed to show character.” “After Liverpool it was disappointing and you can’t really defend it.”
“There were some terrific performances from the back four and the midfield was magnificent on Saturday.”
Those are good words from the Newcastle goalkeeper, and we hope to see an even better performance from Newcastle at QPR on Sunday, and anything but a win in that game could leave us in a perilous position going into the last game of the season – at home to Arsenal.
A win will give us an excellent chance to survive and of course it will be another sell-out for the Arsenal game – but unlike the last two home games – our players cannot let us down a week on Sunday.
We hope they can play somewhere near their best in the last two games – that’s the least we need to see from the players.
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