Why The Newcastle Goalkeeper Is A Top Professional

Maybe a good definition of goalkeeper Rob Elliot he is a good team player and earlier this year he signed an extension to his contract with little fanfare – that keeps him at the club until 2019 – and from what we have seen in three games from Rob deputising for the injured Tim Krul – that was a good move by Newcastle.

Rob had one of his best games ever for Newcastle last Saturday and he was almost solely responsible for getting us only our second win of the season and fifth win of the year – and our first win on the road since January 31st.

So it was a very good win.


rob elliot great game at Bournemouth

Ron Elliot acknowledges fans after 1-0 win

And Rob was simply brilliant against Bournemouth.

But like a good professional he’s taking nothing for granted and Rob knows he has to keep performing with goalkeepers Karl Darlow and young Freddie Woodman also available.

Karl  should be fit either this week or next to start training again and along with young Freddie Woodman he is very good goalkeeper.

Both Karl and Freddie will try to push their way into the first team this season on Tyneside.

This is what Rob has said today:

“I just want to play week in week out for Newcastle.” I never look at it as being number one.” “I want to play well and let others decide the rest.”

“We’re all gutted for Tim, but he’s out for the season. We’re in a strong position but it’s open season. Karl’s going to be back and he’s a good keeper, brilliant keeper – it’s good to have competition.”

“Freddie is very talented, he’s ready to play and is good enough.” “There’s a lot of pressure on us, and rightly so.”

“We’re a big club and shouldn’t be down the bottom, but we’re in a transition at the club – performances are getting better and results are getting better.”

Hopefully, our 7 points from the last four games will give our lads some real confidence and we really need a win against Leicester City a week on Saturday – although with the Foxes flying high at the moment in 3rd place – that will not be easy.

But another win would give us 10 points from the last five games – and that’s what we are hoping for.

Comments welcome.

39 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 10, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Well let’s settle this once and for all mates. Here is your Senior Official Club Journo interview with the one and only Hatem!
    G2: Hatem a lot of people are saying you are a brilliant footballer but lazy and selfish as well. How do you respond to that?
    Hatem: Zoot alors! Mais non! Je joue au football brillante! Ces Geordie sont fous! Merde!
    G2: Ah, ahem, I see Hatem. Would you like to add anything else?
    Hatem: Je ne retournerai jamais à Newcastle à nouveau !

  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 10, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #2

    I think that settles it then mates. 😯

  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 10, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Does anyone have another issue that needs settling? “Is Willo the best set piece target man ever for Newcastle” for example? Or “how did we get so lucky having Joe Kinnear both as a manager and a managing director” you ask? Or “how did we get such a brilliant owner who has showered nothing but success and silverware on us” you query?

  • Roosta

    Nov 10, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Performances have been totally lop sided, we looked awful on Saturday, got the points but its still a real worry, Bournemouth will probably go down, yet we were second best everywhere on the park except the Goalie, we have no right whatsoever to beat the Bournemouths of this world, i just feel we turned up with that attitude, yea we won, but body language on our behalf was awful.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 10, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Has HBA not been misquoted, he was after all living in Hull which is very dark and unpleasant !

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 10, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Jib Jibberish – you seem to be getting mixed
    up in respect of your understanding of weights
    and measures – the Imperial system and the Metric
    Allow me to explain – the Imperial System – which was
    used in the UK and the US was also known as the
    Avoirdupois System which is a system of measuring weight based on the fact that sixteen ounces are in a pound. The metric system is based on grams, and the avoirdupois system is based on pounds.
    One kilo = 2lb 3.273965oz

    As you can now see there is a big difference between 3 kilos and 3 pounds.

  • Tsunki

    Nov 10, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Well at least Hatem has seen the light, and apparently so has Barney Rubble by the sound of it. It could all go through the floor for Hatem again, of course, but if he does well, what’s the conclusion? He thought long and hard about what Alan said to him and decided to reform? Mmmm. Don’t think so.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 10, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #8

    Jeff…you really are the village idiot!

    …it amazes me how uninformed you are! Didn’t you go to school? I am pretty sure you have to in the UK!

  • Tsunki

    Nov 10, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Jesper – Ray described himself well as the ‘ intellectual village idiot’, an astute observation by a former teacher, recognising our own blog nitpicker as an astute harvester of facts but with the unfortunate inability to retain them accurately or appreciate their value fully

  • Tsunki

    Nov 10, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #10

    I’ve been to Hull and back myself. Not for the faint hearted.

  • TroubledToon

    Nov 10, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #11

    Cheers Rob… Appreciate ur professionalism. I don’t hear u complaining about being a No 2 or No 3… No cribbing about wanting to play for a bigger club.. When called upon, tho u mite not b a Buffon, u always give a 100% and honestly haven’t let us down. Keep at it mate… Never know, u cud be our No1 someday

  • Tsunki

    Nov 10, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Ray – “Ze Troof”? Was that bit French?

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 10, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #13

    Jesper – indeed attending school is compulsory in the UK.
    However there are/were many different types of school. I think in answer to your previous post – that the type of school Jib attended was originally called an Industrial School – later renamed as Borstal. An institution accommodating delinquent boys and girls.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Nov 10, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #14

    What’s Ben Arfa’s problem? His attitude was shocking, his Toon career went down hill because of that. The lad only has himself to blame.

  • lesh

    Nov 10, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Mr Tuff

    An industrial school a borstal?

    Never – such establishments were regarded as finishing schools for the sons and daughters of gentlefolk.

    Accentuate the positive……

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 10, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Poor old Hatem. He had such a hard time at the Toon. Amazing talent half squandered, and half fulfilled. Best of fortune to him.
    Hell was Sheffield 🙂
    The saying is ‘twixt Hell, Hull and Halifax’ – which refers to the public gibbets – guillotines – in Sheffield Hallam (hell), Hull and Halifax where thieves and such riff raff had their heids chopped off.
    There was still a reproduction gibbet in Halifax when I lived round there.

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 10, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Wow, where the hell is everyone, so quiet on here this evening.

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 10, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Latest news on my dads cancer, he struggled with the physio, big news will be next week when he meets the doctor and consultant to decide whether he wants to go ahead with the operation, haven’t decided it.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 10, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Welsh…I have heard about the cancer; my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in these hard times

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 10, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #20

    Ahh poor old Hatem,spouting his difficult moments.Obviously has a talent and is/was enjoyable to watch him play but flopped here because of attitude and overconfidence.
    Doing well in lower standard league,compared to the PL but kind of tricky player who likes to do a Messi,and it’s not bearable to do such things here while the team desperately in need of results consistently,hence the conflict…

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Nov 10, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #21


    keep your head up, be strong for him laddie… you are in my thoughts and prayers brother…

  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 10, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #22

    I don’t know about you lot but I’m still trying to get over the shocking revelations in my in depth interview with Hatem Ben Arfa. It’s still boggling my mind in fact.

  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 10, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #23

    Best wishes welshie. What kind of cancer does your dad have? The prognosis for many types has improved a huge amount over the last 15 or 20 years. Treatments are light years ahead of what they once were.

  • Our Toon

    Nov 10, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #24

    What I find hilarious is that most think HBA is having a go at the football club as in the thing we all represent. They have there heads so far up there own arse that they don’t even realise he’s having a go at the very thing they all hate. It really is quite funny when you sit back and read some of the most idiotic comments like I’ve lost what little respect I had for him etc.

    He didn’t get on with pardew, the manager who used hin to get to 5th, called on him when he was injured against Fulham away and set hin back further, the very same man who bought him back on a plastic pitch against medical advice which put him back even further than before. Yes hba is to blame for being a stubborn so and so but don’t forget he was blamed for most defeats. Games lost to spurs at home by 4 or 5 goals and man utd at home by more than 3 goals. Scapegoated for every defeat and backed by Colo.

  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 10, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #25

    Greetings Dok you horrid colonial you.

  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 10, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #26

    Well said @24 Our Toon. Our history with injured players is not a pretty sight. A lot of incompetence within the club. It’s still there. Disastrous for youngsters who push too hard to get back (Aarons for example) and don’t receive good advice from the training and medical staff.

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 10, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #27


    Well said.

    That is all.

  • Our Toon

    Nov 10, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Hba didn’t like the regime or the football we played under pardew, as it’s widely reported things kicked off about this after the spurs game, Colo apparently had to intervene, now most of you would agree with his opinion. The simple question is, the Greggs loving Arfa is now in the national team, slim and trim and allowed to do what he wants is a relegation fodder side which is performing well above expectations. Meanwhile we now have a RW who doesn’t score, doesn’t get many assists and doesn’t help out defensively. At least arfa turned up every 5 games. The current lot turn up after 10 games if not longer!! He’s not against the city or the place itself but against the regime and the philosophy that was in place during his time here.

    I’d love to see arfa in McClaren side, unfortunately we got him during pardews reign. Take emotion out of it and step back to think, you are an attacking player who prefers to be in a team that keeps possession, yet you play for a manager who hoofs it 70 yards and wants you to babysit his fullback for 80 mins a game, the other 10 mins he wants you to do something special!! Keep blasting the lad but he was kne of a few who had the spine to stand up to that mob and the current regime, the gagging orders, the signing of NDA’s…..If only he was aloud to speak the truth along with some of the others then alot of you would realise. That’ll come out one day though and when it does….those sitting on the moral high ground at present will realise just how much of a twat they were at the time!! Enjoy ladies I’ll catch up tomorrow!!!

  • lochinvar

    Nov 10, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #29

    New films to watch
    Hatem =” Prisoner Cell Block H ”

    Boro had their own film a few years back: “The Prisoner of Zenden”

    Bored – yep
    Pissed – yep
    But imagine if Hatem had played with Keegan’s entertainers

  • reilly

    Nov 10, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #30

    pardew dosnt know how to work with gifted players like hba,look at what went on with tevez at west ham,look at gayle at palace.

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Nov 10, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #31


    always a pleasure to be greeted by the president of nufc sanity dept 🙂

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 10, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #32

    dok – the horrid colonial, Jesper and GeordieTwo

    Thanks for the messages, means a lot.

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 10, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #33

    At least some of you have send messages.

  • Our Toon

    Nov 10, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #34


    Was gonna leave there until I realised you were on. All the best buddy, hopefully he’s in good hands. Please keep us updated ill keep you, your family and your dad in my prayers buddy!!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 10, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #35

    Our Toon…Benny lost out to Pardew and ultimately we all suffered for it!

    Charnley bet on Pardew and the rest is basically history. You can push a man far, but I am just amazed that is was so easy to convince so many supporters that Benny was the problem here.

    Even that story about Benny gaining weight…well first off gaining 1,4 kg is basically what you could in gain in fluids. But then again most sensible people knows it was never about the weight.

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 10, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #36

    Our Toon

    Cheers mate, i will update more when i get news, I know this Friday hes going for a scan to see if it has spread, waiting is the hardest part.

  • Our Toon

    Nov 10, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #37


    Waiting is incredibly tough but during the waiting I forgot about the negatives and concentrated on what I could control. The only thing you can control is truly enjoying every moment you spend with your dad as it was for me with my mum. Making her happy and not worrying about the uncontrollable, my mum who has been battling this for 5 years always says to me “why worry about what you can’t control, we all have to go one day”

    I truly saviour every moment with family nowadays and something I used to take for granted but we all don’t know what can happen tomorrow. Be positive and hopefully you will get good news my friend!!

  • Our Toon

    Nov 10, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #38


    Diego Costa came back over weight this season, he’s admitted it himself but isn’t cast aside or made into a scapegoat.

  • BandB

    Nov 10, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #39

    Our Toon,

    It’s a fact of human nature that people are suckers for a scapegoat.
    If there were public hangings on a Saturday afternoon there’d be no-one watching football.
    One day horrible day the Lampwicks are going to be confronted with the true nature of what they chose to take sides with at this club.


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