Rob Elliot has shown enormous patience in coming back from the serious ACL knee injury he sustained playing for Ireland a year last March.
He came back and was fully fit for the last few months of last season, but Karl Darlow retained the number one goalkeeper position with some excellent performances.
Then Rob came in for the final three games of the season when we won all three of those games to win the Championship.
The Ireland International goalkeeper has also played in the first three league games in the Premier League this season.
Rob Elliot – Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper
Rob has talked about how tough it is recovering from injury and thinks the lads will push on after the great win at home to West Ham last time out:
“Recovering from the injury itself is sort of a mental battle – it’s the first battle you have to face when coming back from a long injury, just having the strength to do the little things.”
“When you get back fit and are just training every day, you realise what a blessing it is when you can’t do it.”
“So when you’re in the gym, you just try to work a bit harder and hopefully, you reap the rewards when you come back because you are that bit mentally tougher.”
“You try to take the positives out of it, make the best out of a bad situation and that’s all you can do.”
“After the Huddersfield game, you hold your hands up. It wasn’t good. But I thought we gave a proper performance against West Ham.”
“It was a good response because we were getting a lot of stick, and I think it’s been unfair.” “It’s a good team, a great group that’s got us promoted.”
“If we can keep performing like that, we’ll be fine. Hopefully we can replicate it and push on this season.”
“That bit of pressure before getting the first win is gone and we can kick on.”