We have to say we have been even more impressed with Rob Elliot´s display on Saturday at Bournemouth having found out more of what happened last week and what happened during the game.
Rob revealed that was against medical advice that he played on Saturday and that during the game he still felt some pain in his thigh at times during the game.
A triumphant Rob Elliot after the game
That didn´t stop the 29 year-old goalkeeper almost single-handedly getting all 3 points for us and he was ably assisted by a captain´s performance at the back by center-back Fabricio Coloccini.
Coloccini talked about Rob after the game and the captain was delighted that – even though we were dominated by Bournemouth – our players kept fighting even though it was a bad day at the for most of them.
This is what Colo said immediately after the game:
“It is good to see the team fighting today,” “We played like a football team. That is very important to see from outside the pitch.”
“It is a massive thing for us because we have a lot of players who have come from other leagues and they don’t really know how hard the Premier League is.”
“We have strong characters in this team. Sometimes they are not loud or maybe you cannot see it from off the pitch but Rob Elliot is an example. He was injured but he said to the manager, ‘I am ready to play’.”
“That is the important thing. People like him we need in the changing room. He is an example for young players.”
Rob is a good example for young players and it seems that it was Rob´s insistence last Monday that he would be fit to play against Bournemouth that convinced Steve McClaren not to bring in a goalkeeper on emergency loan.
Now Rob should have two weeks of good treatment during the International break on his thigh so hopefully he is fully fit for our next game at home to Leicester City in 13 days time.
It´s not surprising that Rob had been included in the Republic of Ireland´s final squad for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
But given the fragile state of that thigh of his there´s just no way Newcastle will let Rob travel to join the Ireland squad – who are meeting in Dublin tomorrow.