Rob Elliot continues to have a great season as stand-in for the injured Tim Krul – and the Republic of Ireland International again made some vital saves for Newcastle in both halves yesterday to keep Newcastle in the game against Everton.
Elliot twice saved from the dangerous Romelu Lukaka in the first half as it was all hands to the pump for Newcastle just to keep the scores level before half time.
Rob Elliot saves from Kevin Mirallas yesterday
Rob Elliot 41%
Rob Elliot again saved us several times during this game with some outstanding saves – two in particular from Romelu Lukaka and one from Aaron Lennon among others that kept Newcastle in this game.
His punch from the last minute corner unfortunately went straight to Tom Cleverley who did well to keep his cool and head the ball straight back into the net and it was a crushing blow to the whole Newcastle side and to Elliot in particular.
We´ll not even mention how crushing it was to Newcastle fans as our lads had fought so well throughout the game – it was very hard to take for everybody associated with Newcastle.
This was now Elliot´s third match in a row where he has been our Man of the Match and he´s been in great form for us.
If our goalkeeper hadn´t been so outstanding in the last three games there´s not way we would have picked up four points.
Chancel Mbemba 25%
Just like last week against Aston Villa Chancel Mbemba had another strong game alongside Colo in central defense – and just how we managed to keep a clean sheet in the first half was amazing and yes – we had some luck.
But not one head dropped and we kept ourselves in the game very much like we did at Bournemouth.
Chancel is turning out to be a very good buy for us and he´s also a consistent player and will only get better as this season progresses.
Vurnon Anita 17%
The unsung hero at Newcastle is fast becoming a very important player for the team, as the Dutchman works his socks off for the team in Newcastle´s engine room in every single game.
He may be small in stature but Vernon is a giant as far as courage and tenacity is concerned – and he epitomizes Newcastle´s new-found spirit and his simple straightforward play is fast becoming very effective for the side.
Steve McClaren is certainly getting the very best out of the Dutchman this season – to his credit.
Fabricio Coloccini 5%
Fourth in the voting is our captain Fabricio Coloccini, who put in another fighting display for the side yesterday and set a great example to the side as we somehow weathered that first half storm from the Toffees.
He´s put in some good performances since the 5-1 debacle at Crystal Palace and let´s hope the Argentine can keep it up for the rest of the season – we need Colo to be in form if we are going to survive in the Premier League this season.
These four players were similarly placed in the voting last week against Aston Villa, so they have been our best four players for two games in succession.
Notice they are all defensive players.
It´s always very difficult to lose a game, especially when we are back in relegation trouble, but let´s hear it for the players for a real gutsy performance yesterday.
And we could have even won it – it was anybody´s game in those final 20 minutes with both teams going all out for the win.
On another day we could have won it and we would all be over the moon this morning – so we should probably keep the defeat in perspective.