Rob Elliot had a solid game in goal for Newcastle in his first start for the team in almost a year and he got the job done last Sunday against Norwich and had no chance with either of the goals.
Rather both goals were the fault of Moussa Sissoko not tracking back quickly enough or with enough determination – although Moussa still had a good game and has three assists.
Rob Elliot – McClaren has confidence in him
Moussa improved in the second half and he showed he can track back when he won a sliding tackle after 64 minutes in the right back position and broke away and picked out Aleksandar Mitrovic – who took the opportunity brilliantly to put Newcastle 4-2 up.
Rob Elliot had talked earlier this week about how Steve McClaren didn’t say too much before the game to him other than to enjoy it and do his thing.
It seems Steve has every confidence in the 29 year-old goalkeeper who gave another solid performance in the first team.
Rob went on to say how positive things have been with Steve McClaren and his new coaching staff ever since early July:
“We’ve had a really positive change around on the training ground when McClaren came in and it’s just the results haven’t reflected how much of a positive vibe we’ve had.”
“This win is the start of it. We can start building on it – not get too ahead of ourselves – but start building on it and push our season forward.”
McClaren has had a rough start to his Newcastle coaching career, but as Rob says – a couple of wins in the next few games will see us climb the table.
We showed last Sunday there are goals in this team and we have some excellent players.
They include Gini Wijnaldum, Moussa Sissoko, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez and Chancel Mbemba – and three of them are new signings.