Rob Elliot has been interviewed in the Chronicle today, and he discusses what he did when he was dropped from the team following the 3-0 defeat at home to Watford.
Karl Darlow – who had been our number one goalkeeper last season – came in and did well until the Everton game at home.
Karl then made a terrible error to gift Everton their winning goal in the first half.
And it’s been individual mistakes that have caused the terrible run of just one point from the last 9 games which is one of the worst set of results in our long history.
Rob Elliot – in action at the Emirates
Rob came back in and had a good game at Arsenal when the team looked solid than of late.
Elliot said this when asked about being dropped last month:
“It’s hard for anyone when you come out of the team. Goalkeepers are slightly different.”
“The manager made his decision. I obviously wasn’t very happy about it but you just have to get on with it – to support Karl, to support the lads and work hard in training.”
“You hope to get the chance to come back in and I got given the nod against Arsenal.”
“I just had to go out there and do well and show that from my point of view that it wasn’t my performances which led to the bad run.”
“Sometimes you go to Old Trafford and concede four and as a goalkeeper you are at the mercy of quality players sometimes. I just had to stick with it.”
“Karl has done really well. He was a top ‘keeper last year and did well when he came in. The manager spoke to us and said we have to keep pushing each other.”
“I went to go and speak to Benitez about it because you have to. You wouldn’t expect a player to just accept it and sulk around.”
“I have a lot of respect for the manager, I really like him, he is a fantastic manager who I have learned a lot from.”
“I just had to give him my opinion and he gave me his. There was no problem. I just had to carry on working hard and I got back in the team and that’s it really.”
“All I can do is work as hard as I can and when I play, give my best and go from there.”
Newcastle travel to the London Stadium tomorrow to play an improving West Ham side.
We need a win in that game to cheer up the Newcastle fans who are a bit down in the dumps at the moment.
Well, at least I am.
Howay The Lads!!