Stepping into Tim Krul’s boots, Rob Elliot made only his 15th Premier league start for Newcastle in nearly four and a half years.

The Dutch keeper is out for the season, whilst the return of Karl Darlow is at least three or four weeks away.

Elliot says that it was a big help on Sunday with ‘loads of support and cheers’.

A strange game to say the least against Norwich, with eight goals and the visitors hitting the woodwork twice, yet neither keeper really making a save.

Newcastle had six shots on target and scored with all of them, whilst Norwich also had six but the saves that Rob Elliot did make were straightforward.

The third choice keeper described it as an ‘amazing team display’ and said that Perez, Mitrovic and Wijnaldum got the goals but any number of players could have got man of the match, though the results of our player ratings based on fan votes, made the three goalscorers some way out in front of the rest.

Rob Elliot now looks forward to the derby game and Newcastle looking to end a woeful run of five defeats, he describes it as being about the pride of the club and the city.

Sunday also brought up one strange piece of news, with the match programme stating that unbeknown to the fans or media, Rob Elliot was given an extended contract last season – whereas everybody assumed he was nailed on to leave next summer.

Especially with Karl Darlow signed and Freddie Woodman coming through.

Rob Elliot speaking to the official club website:

“It is a great result for us and just what we needed, it relieves a lot of stress for the players and the fans after a difficult start to the season.

“I think that sort of result was coming, it was just a case of us having all the pieces, just not being able to put them together.

“There are still things to improve on, you don’t want to concede two at home, but the response from our players when Norwich had us pegged back was fantastic.

“It was an amazing team display. Gini, Ayoze and Mitro got the goals but you could have picked a number of the lads for man of the match, it was just top class.

“The crowd were top class as well. There was loads of support and cheers for me in goal and I think they understand my situation because I’ve been here for a long time and I always make sure I give my best.

“I love playing for this Club and there was a point where I didn’t think I’d play for Newcastle again, so any chance to play is just amazing.”

“Now we go into the derby and it’s not just about the game,” he continued.

“It is massive, it is about the pride of the club and the pride of the city.

“We need to make sure we do the fans and ourselves justice in the derby and this result will hopefully give us great confidence and momentum going forward.

“We have shown we can excite, we’ve got some really good attacking players and now we just have to make sure we can work hard together to attack, as well as defend.


“They have got a new manager in and they’re at home so it is going to be tough, as the last few derbies have proven.

“So we can’t afford to take anything for granted because it’s not going to be an easy game. We need to make sure we’re doing all of our jobs properly.

“If we can have the same mentality and performance that we showed against Norwich then hopefully we can get the right result.”

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