Rob Elliot Will Take The Positives


Yet another good display from Rob Elliot this afternoon in the Newcastle goal when he made two or three great saves that helped us stay in the game and finally get an 83rd minute equalizer from Alexandar Mitrovic that stopped Sunderland from gaining a full 3 points on us, after Jermain Defoe had scored just before half time.

On this form Rob Elliot will keep Tim Krul out of the side next season – when hopefully we are still in the Premier League.

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Rob Elliot beaten today

Rob will take the positives out of today’s game.



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91 comments so far

  • Harley

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Toon tang

    Amazingly Sissoko looked great there. I’d prefer him there for the rest of the season over colback, dummet, Anita or Aaron’s.

    He’s not exactly adding a lot going forward.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Have to say, I’m not all that impressed with Rafa so far . Ok he has made subs when guys like Pardew and SMC froze, but wtf is he doin putting Sissoko on the left? He is worse than useless there. Also, we were poorly motivated going out and Sunderland looked far more focussed in the tunnel, and on the pitch. Not good enough. IF SMC had played Sissoko left wing, we would be asking for his head. He is also playing Wini too deep by far. Tactical genius my arse.

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  • toonluvva

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #3

    There are a couple of positives.

    1) we stopped the Mackems run of wins against us.

    2) at least we pulled a goal back after going behind.

    BUT!! we are still second bottom, and in serious danger of going down.

    Has Rafa enough time to turn the ship around before we hit the rocks?

    That’s another positive – at least he is at the helm. Lets hope he can save our season.

    HWTL

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Munster,
    Give your fcukin head a shake man, he has taken a shell shocked disinterested shower of shit and avoided defeat to them lot for the first time in seven games and almost grabbed a draw at the league leaders after being here 9 days, I actually can’t believe what you just said, you have literally just boiled my pi$$.
    I came on to say that today wasn’t good but not a complete disaster except it is now in the mackems hands, we can take it out of Norwich’s hands by beating them in two weeks time and just hope that we get one more win than them lot down the road.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Well Munster we mightr just have fcukin Pearson next season or Pardew which would probably keep you happier.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Mbemba was nervy. Shelvey, Gini, Sissoko and Perez were poor. Colback was dreadful. We did not turn up until the last 15 minutes. We look a million miles from winning 3 points and we’re well adrift.

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  • toon kk

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Munster
    I’ve said it for a long time, our squad lacks quality mate. Yes we have some decent players but we’ve wasted millions on flops over the years.
    Tbh if Carr had scouted the championship for all the best players instead of wasting money on French flops we could have had a far better side put together.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Munster needs to take his head out of his arse.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #9

    It will be absolutely heart breaking if we go down now, to be honest I’d braced myself to it and couldn’t really give a shit if they had of let Mclaren do it as I’d stopped caring. But now after a proper manager coming in it has given us a glimmer from a dark eight years, there’ll be no Ashley out protests because people will think he’ll provide a top manager again and we’ll see a Nigel Pearson type struggle away while we ‘establish’ ourselves as a PL team again. Please stay up!!!

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #10

    ‘why did he put Sissoko on the left’

    Well my friend, when you have two of your left backs injured and your third choice on a yellow card, what can he do? Sissoko didn’t do anything wrong in that position either.

    You trying to be the odd geordie out by deciding that you don’t rate Rafa? Does that make you feel special? Whatever floats your boat mate.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Rafa did well not to lose his temper at half time. I was going mental at them for how bad they were. I felt sorry for Mitro because he’s a trier and hasn’t the easiest task, but he boils my piss when he tries to get the crowd going with his arm gestures. He and his team mates had sucked the life out of the crowd with their shit display. Does he not realise that to get the crowd going, you need to do something on the pitch? Anything positive. Just get your finger out and the crowd will respond.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 20, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Munster, the difference is that it is Benitez making the tactical decisions, not lower league wannabes, so he can generally be given the benefit of the doubt and backed for doing so. They were punting high cross field balls onto that left side throughout the game and were successful with it.

    Rafa has been organising them and trying to fix the damage that has gone on before. Sissoko did some good work in defence when moved back. Ironically, highlighting the fact the he used to play further back when we got him.

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  • toon kk

    Mar 20, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Jail
    Exactly, it’s such a shame we didn’t bring Rafa in during the January transfer window or even earlier.
    I honestly don’t think we have the fire power to save us now.
    But we must live in hope.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Mar 20, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #14

    One of the biggest problems this squad has, aside froma lack of ability and heart, is there are too many versatile players, not enough specialists with defined roles in the team. Were they always that way r have they been mismanaged to that point, where they don’t look quite right in any position?

    If we stay up we need to start nailing down certain players to certain positions in all but the worst injury crises.

    Sissoko is the best example: LB, RB, DM, box-to-box, AM, RW, LW – it’s a joke. Utility players used to be few and far between and they were specialists in that role as stop gaps.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 20, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #15

    Elliott, Lascelles, Townsend, and Mitro were the only ones to turn up.

    I reckon Rafa has to take a chance on Cisse. Tell him not to worry about link up play. Just keep onside, keep opposing defenders guessing, and seek to get on the end of anything in the box.

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  • jimiley

    Mar 20, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Rafa is God but he will be off in the summer. Not enough time to turn this shower of water into wine. Thanks Penfold and Ashley. Thanks a lot. The strikers are worse then …. poor and even God cannot turn a carthorse into a thoroughbred. We are gannin doon with the Mackems. The north east is truly the Siberia of footy.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 20, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Plus, because of the point they got, there was a general feeling from their fans on the full-time phone that they were concerned about how they can’t keep a clean sheet and a growing in concern about Allardyce’s negative tactics – ones that we here know all about.

    As we are battling relegation with them, that can only help us that they are second guessing things and have lost some belief.

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  • daffy

    Mar 20, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Interesting reading some of the prior comments
    Fact is yous couldn’t beat us again in your own back yard – only 4 points this season
    Still above yous tho

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 20, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #19

    The last 2 games Sissoko has looked up for the physical battle so it might be time to try him in central midfield again

    Will there be a left back fit for Norwich in 2 weeks?

    We were crying out for a ball winner in the middle as well what has happened to Saviet ? Looked a similar player to Kante in France

    I think Benitez has to get us playing more direct with crosses raining into the box possibly with Mitrovic and Cisse playing up front together in the box at all times

    Norwich are not good at all and the only reason they have 4 points recently is the other teams missing a bucket load of chances especially in the City game !

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  • beermonkey

    Mar 20, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #20

    jail

    its so frustrating
    if we dont sstay up we know rafa is gone
    then who??

    have to say never been a rafa fan but the man knows his stuff, i am a bit of a fan now
    really hope the 2 week break is enough time 2 get a win

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 20, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #21

    If you dont like my opinion I couldnt give a shit quite frankly. Sissoko is right footed and is incapable of doing much with his left foot, so therefore he is pretty crap on the left. Buta Rafa has done it twice now. Why not swop wings a bit with the ex Spurs guy? Sunderland dominated us completely in the first half at St James’ and you are satisfied? Go take your own head out of your arse Burnley. Would you be happy to see Wiji so far back the pitch is SMC was on the touchline? Sorry, I can see improvements in defending but lots of questions. We needed the win and were six minutes from relegation, to all intents and purposes. But you go on slagging me off if that makes you feel intelligent. I’m not anti Rafa, far from it. But if that was a less famous manager, i think he would be criticised more. Re Sissoko left back, i appreciate that was enforced, but a useless tool looks even worse on the left wing. As I said, they didnt even swap wings once. Sadly, what I said earlier in the season rings true. The day the mackems got Sam was the day the alarm bells sounded very very loud. And as for all the crap we give Sam ( and I hate him ) , this long ball things is looking like a myth. Our football is no better than theirs , although I appreciate that that is not a key issue right now. But they looked good, and better than us overall i think. More rounded. But then, we are back to Carr again and the 80 mill.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 20, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Must admit we were lucky to go in only one down – first half display looked like McClown was still managing. Would of hooked Colback after his yellow card – was a liability. Give to many free-kicks away as the Mackems were quicker to the ball and wanted it more.

    Total lack of movement off the ball.

    Build up play to slow and sideways lack of movement resulting in being easy to close down and the ball being passed back to Elliot who HOOOOOOOFs it aimlessly. Elliot had a good game but his distribution crap like Krul’s.
    Nobody really stood out .Mitro battled well with little help fro Perez but I gave our MoM to Lascalles who had a solid game.

    Gonna be a BIG struggle to get out of the bottom 3

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 20, 2016 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Also all of Sunderlands January transfers all looked the business and have done since they have signed Kirchoff was terrible on his debut but he keeps winning the ball all the time in the middle

    Kone and Kazrhi were from France how did Carr not spot them? They both have adapted straight away

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  • lochinvar

    Mar 20, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #24

    Lee Charnley @23
    Answer might be to check out if those two are with the Mondial Group ?
    If not there’s your answer !

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 20, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #25

    Only reason we got a point today was Allerdyce’s lack of commitment in going for another goal to kill us off instead he sat back – brought on defensive players and sat back which allowed our players more time and space.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 20, 2016 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #26

    The corporate shit on the big screen boils my piss too. The crap about “50,000 fans” and “the cathedral”. You just know some “suit” is behind it and thinks he’s doing a great job. What a load of sickly crap.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 20, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #27

    Charlie@ 22
    I agree entirely.

    LCBP
    I agree about sunderland’s signings. They’ve done a lot better in the market than I thought they would and what they normally do. Unlike us, they’ve spent little but have got horses for courses. We’re still waiting for a horse to bolt to the cart.

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  • 21st Century Schizoid Man

    Mar 20, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #28

    Munster

    And how did you feel about Tufty’s decision making, substitutions, and team selection ?

    Who do you think would have done better ?

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 20, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #29

    Charlie
    When I saw O Shea coming on, it gave me a bit of hope

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  • mayday

    Mar 20, 2016 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #30

    Really? Sissoko was more useful as a fullback. He can only run in a straight line and is big enough not to get tossed into the stands. I would rather move him back if it meant that Wijnaldum pushed forward.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 20, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #31

    The only time I felt truly emotional was when Mitro got clattered and I thought he was in some danger. I almost felt like his dad. As I was saying to Fresh Sarnie, some things sre far more important than football.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 20, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #32

    The way we performed today we are going down, nothing’s changed, still playing one up front when It should be 2, showed that later on in the game when we went 442, I’m afraid to say Rafa so far hasn’t done anything different, we were at home and how long did it take for us to get our first shot on target.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 20, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #33

    Positives when not scoring is not going to get you 3 points, simple as.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 20, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #34

    Tufty, I didnt love it, anymore than anyone else. What I hated about Tufty were the inane post match nonsense and endless player praise. I cant say I have seen a lot from Rafa that would make me think this man has won so much. I know its early, and I was one of the first on here to say Carr was a plumb two years ago, so i appreciate that he has am imbalanced squad but whilst ther are improvements ( more effort, better defending, marginally better attacking ) , I also see….marginally better attacking, Sissoko contributing little off his left foot and Wini too deep, to accomodate Perez who peaked in the early season. To repeat, we were 6 points away from relegation, and created little of real threat apart from the goal. Sunderland looked a better team overall, and i think most neutrals would agree with that, although a point each was fair. If Pardew or SMC had been in charge, all other things being equal, we would be saying that we played our biggest rivals, at home, and blew a serious chance. And then we would scream for their heads. But because its Rafa we are trying to make positives out of anything we can. Rafa has to get a team that has Mitro, Sissoko, Perez, Wiji, Townsend, Cisse etc, to score 1-2 goals a game. I thought we would be more of a threat today. I predicted 2-2 so i guess i wasnt expecting a win, but i think he has got it wrong by pinning Sissoko on the left wing all the time, and putting Wiji too deep. If Rafa wants them to believe and relax, the only way to do that is to be braver and make more things happen in the opposition box.

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  • Munster Mag

    Mar 20, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #35

    Completely agree Welshie. 4231 is not working well enough so far. Mitro is too slow to run the line up front on his own.

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  • Fostino

    Mar 20, 2016 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Anyone who is saying rafa hasn’t done anything needs their eyes checked.

    He has taken us on in a desperate situation. The same underperforming players..Low on confidence. We have looked a lot more structured. The 2 goals we conceded is a result of once off dire defensive mistakes…hardly surprising in a makeshift back 4 that he inherited. The problem there is how we didn’t sort the defence in the last 2 windows. Same can be said for not getting a striker.

    Benetez is working hard on making us mote structured in defence and on making us provide more chances for our striker. Unfortunately he’s only had 1 fit decent striker to choose from in his first 2 games I. E. Mitro. Maybe with cisse coming back. ..we may see more return from him. The truth is mcclaren shoukd have been sacked a long time ago.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 20, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #37

    Munster

    It’s frustrating to see mitrovic trying to do everything on his own, he will score more if he had help up front with him.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 20, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #38

    Fostino

    I would love Rafa to do well but what has he done different in the last two matches to other managers, we still haven’t won and that’s the most important thing at the moment, picking up wins.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 20, 2016 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #39

    Shelvey is pissing me off at the moment.

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  • jimmysmith

    Mar 20, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #40

    Mitro is very slow, there’s little point in glossing over it. Lascelles is not EPL quality. And we haven’t had a genuine left back all season. I wonder ifbenitez recognised this when he took us on, because they are three gaping holes in the side.

    I’ve believed we were better than Sunderland and Norwich and so Rafa would keep us up, but now I doubt we actually are.

    We have loads of good players, but can’t pick an effective 11, as 24 points from 30 games attests.

    I think the club is now headed down and that is truly shocking Mssrs Car, Charnley and Ashley, and will mean 5 or more years of misery for us captive lot.

    I doubt I’ll invest the same level of emotion again though if it does God forbid come to that. Life is frankly too short.

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