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.
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.