It´s not many times you have one man play so brilliantly to win a game for Newcastle United, but that´s exactly what happened yesterday when Rob Elliot put in a magnificent performance at Bournemouth to keep his second clean sheet in a row and get Newcastle only our second win of the season and our first win on the road since January.
We should point out also that Rob is playing with some pain – as he mentioned after the game – so you have to give it to Rob for showing his character and guts these last couple of games in which Newcastle have picked up 4 points – 40% of our total after 12 games played.
Rob Elliot saves from Dan Gosling
We have to go back to the world-class performance of Tim Krul when we won at Tottenham 1-0 back in November 2013 to get a performance as good as Rob put in yesterday in goal for Newcastle.
So it’s hardly surprising he gets a massive 87% of the vote followed by captain Coloccini with 4% – and Colo was trying to shore up the back four throughout the game – and put in an excellent fighting performance for us yesterday.
Mbemba, Perez and Thauvin are next in line and Chancel put in another hard-working performance and Ayoze Perez took the one real chance Newcastle had yesterday of scoring.
It was good to see 22 year-old Florian Thauvin get a run-out and you cannot say this lad doesn´t try or work hard – he added some verve to the team although he started to give the ball away near the end.
That´s something we did far too much of yesterday in the final third of the field – and it didn’t help our defense one little bit.
A great performance by Rob Elliot which doesn´t just reflect well on this lad´s ability as a goalkeeper but also on his temperament and character as a man.
Our hats are off to Rob – he´s the hero.