Rob Elliot says that Newcastle have to have the determination to ‘stay in the game’ as long as possible and hope to hit Sunderland on the break.
The emergency first team keeper says that the players need to give their all but have to do it properly, instead of ‘running around like headless chickens’.
Most Newcastle fans understand that derby games are often a battle of the most committed but certainly after the creativity and finishing shown against Norwich, many will be hoping/expecting that United will also play the better football and prove they are better than what we have seen this season.
Relying on hitting Sunderland on the break sounds like most games this season, where Steve McClaren set the team up too negatively and gave the initiative to the likes of Swansea, West Ham and Watford.
Rob Elliot talking to BBC Radio Newcastle:
“We just have to make sure we turn up and give a good performance. We found something that works for us (v Norwich), now we just have to make sure we keep working at it.
“The hardest thing in a derby is keeping your head, you want to win the battle, you want to show your passion…but you need to win the game and play football as well. It is that kind of hot/cold effect, have to make sure we don’t do anything silly.”
“We need to have the determination to stay in the game as long as possible, because we are a threat on the break.
“Obviously, the mentality is that we don’t want to lose another one, we need to do justice to the fans and only way to do that is by giving 100%, but doing it properly – not running around like headless chickens.”