McClaren Has Another Important Decision To Make On Elliot


Martin O´Neill´s provisional squad of 39 for the playoff games with will be trimmed down on Monday and there is a decent chance that Rob Elliot, who was one of five goalkeepers named – could be in  the final squad.

But it remains to be seen if Steve McClaren will call O´Neil to tell him Rob is not available because he´s still not fully fit, even though he got through the game at Bournemouth today and was our Man of the Match.

rob elliot great game at Bournemouth

A smiling Rob Elliot at the end of the game today

We shouldn’t forget we lost Tim Krul for the season during the last International break.

This is what Steve McClaren said about Rob after the game and he seemed to suggest he was going nowhere over the next two weeks:

“We’ll wrap him up in cotton wool for the next two weeks.”

“Karl Darlow is not too far away from it. Rob’s been heroic the last two games to get us through what was, two weeks ago, a big crisis.”

“We need more of that. I said at half time character will win us this game, and it did. Tremendous.”

“I think people talk about goalkeepers getting you points, and a top goalkeeper can get you 15-20 points for performances like that.”

“Missing Tim Krul, we talked about that. He’s got to step in and do it.”

“Last week he made a great save and got us a point in one respect. Today he’s got us all three points, without a shadow of a doubt. And that’s what you want from your goalie.”

“Well I’ve got to say he was so positive from Monday, because we were wondering what to do.” “But he was so positive to play that we gave him every chance, every opportunity, and Friday he trained.”

“Today I thought he was excellent.”

To us it would be wrong to allow Rob to join the Republic of Ireland squad even though it is a very iomportabt playoff game.

Rob is not fully fit and it´s that chronic injury of his – his right thigh that is troubling him.

Far better have more treatment and try to strengthen the muscle in the next couple of weeks.

We don;t want to lose a second goalkeeper during an International break.

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3 comments so far

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Nov 7, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #1

    If ever a manager owed his keeper a drink it’s McLaren today. Could easily have been 3-0 the other way. And then if as expected (on form) we get turned over at home by Leicester McLaren would have been history, no doubt about that in my view. Saved his bacon. It will take another £50m in January to save this team from the relegation battle again though, based on that performance. Too many players up one week and down the next.

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  • Munster Mag

    Nov 8, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Good post. We need 3 players.in reality more like 5. Smc is known as a PR merchant ( journos have said that about him specifically) but that was a shocker. Forget chsracter. Real character would have prevented half those chances and possession

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  • nufc 11

    Nov 8, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Dummet was very poor yesterday as was Anita change needed.

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