Rob Elliot says that Saturday’s encounter with Bournemouth was one of the toughest he has faced.
The goalkeeper describing the 90 minutes (plus 7 minutes injury time!) as being ‘a bit like the Alamo’.
With crosses and shots flying in, Elliot though points to Newcastle’s quality making the difference at the other end of the pitch, referencing the Mitrovic/Perez partnership combining to score the one goal from United’s only real chance in the game.
Interestingly, Rob Elliot says that character and determination saw them through the game, something which he says they may have ‘lacked before’. Suggesting that when things have got tough before, the team have crumbled.
Pleased to keep his old friend Dan Gosling out, Elliot revealed that he was always going to play against Bournemouth despite his injury problems, although he admits the Doctor’s view was that he shouldn’t have played against Bournemouth AND Stoke.
United’s third choice keeper revealed that he is now going to see the specialist about his injury and is hoping for some better news. Counting on treatment and rest to have him available to face Leicester in two weeks time.
Rob Elliot talking to the club’s official tv channel:
“It was tough, one of the toughest I have played in. The amount of crosses, shots, blocks, that were coming into our box – a bit like the Alamo.
“I think the Stoke game I had one save and it was the opposite today. Especially against a very good Bournemouth side who I thought were excellent. I think it was just that character and determination, which maybe we have lacked before. Maybe have lost our way in games when things haven’t gone our way.”
Quality makes the difference:
“It shows when you have Mitro and Ayoze up front, that quality, anything can happen.
“Good to keep Dan Gosling out, you do have nightmares of your old mates scoring against you.
‘How close were you to missing out?’
“It depends who you ask!
“If you ask the manager I was always playing. If you ask the doctor then I probably wasn’t playing last week either.
“I was always going to play and I didn’t know how good or bad it was going to be. It wasn’t too bad today, it was quite painful and I just had to get underneath the ball and lift it, you just don’t want to let the team down.
“I said to the manager, if you want me to play I will play, but just so long as I’m not going to hinder the team.
Seeing the specialist:
“I’m going to go and see the specialist and hopefully get some good news off him. Get some treatment, get some strength, get some rest.
“Hopefully be ready for Leicester and hopefully start showing the team we can be, rather than the team we could be.”