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It’s More Good News From Newcastle

We’ve been wondering how Rob Elliot is getting along with his recuperation from that bad ACL injury he picked up in late March and there’s some encouraging news this morning on Rob.

The Newcastle goalkeeping coach Simon Smith has given a positive update on Rob and all the other Newcastle goalkeepers –  including Tim Krul – who is now expected to play his first game in the next couple of weeks after he has returned from a very serious ACL injury.

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Rob Elliot signing new deal in early September

This is what Simon said:

“Rob Elliot trained with me twice last week and is now diving!”

“Hope to step it up to three goalkeeping sessions in the coming weeks.”

“Tim Krul is hoping to play his first game in the next week or so. Good luck and hope all goes well.”

“Matz Sels is with Belgium, Fred Woodman is with England U21’s. Great and pleased for both.”

“Karl Darlow and Paul Woolston are stuck with me for 10 days!”

Rob had been playing so well for us last season – he ended up as our Player of the Season – until he was injured playing for Ireland against Slovakia on March 29th (2-2 final result) and it immediately looked a serious injury.

It was after he played in the 1-1 draw at home to Sunderland – Rafa’s second game in charge – so in came Karl Darlow for the crucial game at Norwich, but we lost that 3-2 with a stoppage time goal from Norwich.

And then we were hammered 3-1 at Southampton.

But that turned out to be the turning point and in the last six games of last season we got three wins and three draws and Karl played well, but it wasn’t enough and we took the drop.

In fact since the Southampton defeat which was Rafa’s 4th game in charge at Newcastle, we have played 19 competitive games and won 12 in all competitions – a 63% win rate – which is not too bad.

This is good news on Rob Elliot who signed a new four year deal with Newcastle in early September and that keeps the 30 year-old at the club until at least 2020.

It’s also good news on Tim Krul whose contract was extended by Rafa and now runs through 2018.

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far

  • lesh

    Oct 3, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Could our keeper coach be the same Simon Smith of his dancing bears?

    And, what’s Harper doing these days? Did he ever come back to the Club in some capacity?

  • cyprus

    Oct 3, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #2

    On your interesting previous article, we aren’t the come back kings yet, hope we become that but you can’t use a game to justify a new culture.
    We broke the PL record by coming back from 4-0 down, that wasn’t followed up on other occasions.
    In any case, such results are freak results, albeit confidence is needed to pull them off and not give up, but 9 out of 10 they don’t happen too often.

    On the City game you use as an example, it’s our typical good half bad half characteristic (as is good game bad game). We are improving on that, but it still happens. In that particular game, it’s hard to justify 6 conceded, but let me give it a shot to defend the indefensible 🙂 Really, we were 2 up, a perfectly good goal was disallowed. That’s not my opinion, video showed it. So we would’ve maybe gone into the break at 2 up, a different prospect. Also, top players like Aguero and DeBruyne were absolutely on fire. Everything they tried (see wonder goals), worked. That doesn’t happen every day.

    Rafa is instilling a winning mentality and we’ll need that. But he’ll be the first to admit we still need work. The odd collapse is lurking, see Wolves.

  • lesh

    Oct 3, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3


    You’re right. We are work in progress but it’s understandable that Ed et al should get carried away with the progress we’ve made under Rafa.

    Let’s hope that such enthusiasm’s not dampened by the odd setback which some posters are all too quick to see as reasons for major change.


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