Rob Elliot has given himself a big vote of confidence as he prepares to take over first team goalkeeping duties.

They say that when you are struggling extra complications tend to come along to further…complicate things.

Rob Elliot has never impressed in four and a half years at St James Park, starting only 14 Premier League matches and was happily seeing out the last year of his contract with nothing to do.

Newcastle had at last addressed the lack of proper cover for Tim Krul by bringing in Karl Darlow as number two and he had played in the League Cup this season and sat on the bench, until picking up an injury of his own.

Now though we are back to relying on Rob Elliot after Krul’s catastrophic injury.

Rob Elliot has only started and completed four Premier League matches in the last two and a half years (also played first half in 2-1 win over Chelsea), the results:

Burnley 1 Newcastle 1

West Ham 1 Newcastle 0

Newcastle 0 Man Utd 4

Southampton 4 Newcastle 0

We were told Newcastle had a run of winnable matches coming up, this Sunday against Norwich is now even more of a test, followed by the Fat Sam circus at Sunderland the following week.

Are Rob Elliot and his teammates up for the challenge?

Rob Elliot thinks so:

“It was unfortunate Karl (Darlow) got injured in training.

“At the end of the day you have to be at your best and do all you can to get in the team – it is nice to have that healthy competition.”

Strength in depth:

“You need to have strength in numbers and in depth, we definitely have that this year.

“Tim started the season well despite us not starting well as a group, he has played really well and all we can do is push each other every day.”

Giving it everything:

“We had a good chat after Chelsea and it is a good starting point for where we need to be, you can go from highs to lows in a short space of time and vice versa.

“We went from receiving loads of criticism before Chelsea to being clapped off the pitch, we take it in our stride, we just try to give everything and that is all people ask of you.”