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Rob Elliott Doesn’t Agree With Popular Opinion – And He’s As Positive As Ever

It’s an up and down life as a professional footballer and no doubt Rob Elliot will attest to that.

Rob was first choice goalkeeper at the beginning of the season, and then he was injured, and when he was fit again, he couldn’t get his place back from Karl Darlow.

Then in January Rafa brought in 29-year-old Slovakian International Martin Dubravka and Rob is now third choice, with Karl on the bench.

But that doesn’t stop team player Elliot from being upbeat about our recent form – that’s one of the things we like about Rob – he’s upbeat and positive.

Rob is not one to go and mope about things when things are not going well.

Rob Elliot – in action against Huddersfield

Newcastle have been reported by some pundits to be a Championship side competing in the Premier League this season.

But Rob doesn’t agree with that assessment, and this is what he has said as reported in the Chronicle:

“We always believed we were good enough to stay up and we still do.”

“Obviously when you start getting the results and start seeing yourself higher up the table it really helps.”

“:Hopefully we can keep pushing from there.”

“There’s been a lot made about this squad not being a Premier League squad but I completely disagree.”

“I believe there’s a strong depth in the squad and we’ve proven time and time again that we’re good enough.”

“Not forgetting this is our first season back in the Premier League as well. I think the players have got a lot to prove, it’s a very young squad, but a very good and hungry one too.”

“It was great (against Southampton),”

“Not just the way we played and the three points, but the atmosphere around the ground was fantastic too.”

“To see the place bouncing after an early goal was great and hopefully there will be more to come.”

“All in all things are looking very good for us going forward and hopefully we can enjoy a strong end to the season.”

The Manchester United and Southampton home games are what fans live for at Newcastle.

It was a fantastic feeling for some days after both those wins.

And Rob is as upbeat as ever, and he was speaking at the launch of See It, Tackle It, Stop It.

It’s a joint initiative between Newcastle United, The North East Elite Academy and Northumbria Police which is to root out child sex abuse in grassroots football.

That’s some of the excellent work Rob and our other players are doing in the local community.

Good for them – and good for the community.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Jib

    Mar 15, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #1

    See It, Tackle It, Stop It.
    I like the sound of that
    I think I’ll start
    See It, Shoot It, Eat It.
    to get rid of Wood Pigeons
    in me back garden

  • Mattroge

    Mar 15, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #2

    In relation to Slimani…………….maybe I need to take my tinfoil hat off but is anyone else suspicious as to why he hasn’t played for us? Maybe there’s some sort of payment due if he makes a certain amount of appearances?

    Or it could be his injury was more serious than first thought. Just throwing it out there!

  • Geordie-john

    Mar 15, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #3

    Martin is easily first choice keeper now in my opinion

  • Mag52

    Mar 15, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Rob Elliott – great squad member in the mould of Steve Harper.

  • Budge123

    Mar 15, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5

    It’s interesting looking at the home /away league tables that it will be our away form that keeps us up!
    How strange a statement that is compared to recent seasons!
    Home form joint 18th I think.
    Away form joint 10th – same as Arsenal.

    So the question is are we over performing away or under performing at home.

    It was similar last season to with away form being relatively better than home form.

  • lesh

    Mar 15, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #6


    Your clearly a man of taste if you fancy Wood Pigeon for your dinner. No doubt you’ll be cooking your garden’s wild boar next. Yum yum.

  • lesh

    Mar 15, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #7

    * Your = You’re

  • hibbit

    Mar 15, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Jib the wife did this recipe just last week very taste


    hope you enjoy it makes a lovely lunch

  • martoon

    Mar 15, 2018 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Mattroge @2 – It won’t be a money thing because we are having to pay him god knows what to sit on his backside! More likely to be your second point that the injury was worse than was first thought.
    If we let him go on International duty and he comes back crocked it will be criminal!!!

  • Jib

    Mar 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #10

    Thibaut Courtois demonstrated perfectly last night
    in the Estadi Nou Camp for Chelsea
    how pivotal a top goalie is – he was dreadful.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #11

    I’d like to think we’re over that because there was definitely something fishy about the Doumbia deal.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 15, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #12

    I remember on deadline day that a couple of reports came out that slimani had failed a medical and the deal was in jeopardy. Looking back there may have been some truth to it.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 15, 2018 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #13

    Budge123 – not sure it’s as cut and dried as that – we do better with our tactics against teams who come out and attack, leaving space in behind. This is more likely to happen against the big 6 (ie Man United) and away from home. Our victory vs Southampton was largely down to the early goal, if they had not conceded that and sat back as many have at SJP, we may have had a far more frustrating afternoon.

  • toonincheek

    Mar 15, 2018 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #14

    RobLeenio – Precisely.

  • Jib

    Mar 15, 2018 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #15

    I think the days of doing favours for agents and players
    with weird loan deals , ended with the advent of
    Rafa at the club.
    Facundo Ferreyra was the strangest one .
    It now looks as if his year – long stay at NUFC
    was done as a favour for his pal Fabio Coloccini
    to keep him out of the Ukraine when
    it looked like thing were going to get snotty.

  • toonincheek

    Mar 15, 2018 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #16

    Jib – Aren’t conspiracy theories fun !

    Not saying you’re wrong – I have no idea.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 15, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Flights to Alicante sold out this Saturday from NCL. Coincidence or the toon army on the march again?

  • G

    Mar 15, 2018 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #19

    Off topic, but worth a read for the comments on Rafa / Lascelles:


  • Binney

    Mar 15, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #20

    Sunderland’s going down and the mags are staying up 🙂

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 15, 2018 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #21

    hibbit, yet more evidence that Rafa’s planning to be here for the long term. Why would he bother with appointing scouts otherwise?

    Also, what does it say about Ashley and his commitment if he’s willing to add two fairly hefty wages and big expenses to the non-playing staff roster?

  • hibbit

    Mar 15, 2018 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #22

    definitely makes me think Rafa knows a lot more than we do about the future direction of the club and just who will be steering it on that course


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