Newcastle United’s Elliot to grasp his chance

Rob Elliot.
Rob Elliot.

ROB Elliot is determined to show that Newcastle United are in safe hands in Tim Krul’s absence.

Krul is facing several weeks on the sidelines with an ankle injury.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew expects the goalkeeper to miss the club’s next “four or five” games.

Elliot made his first Premier League appearance of the campaign in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham United at Upton Park.

Aaron Cresswell scored the only goal of the game to end Newcastle’s six-game league and cup winning streak.

Krul suffered the injury in training on the eve of the game.

And the 26-year-old is out of the games against Burnley, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur – and doubtful for the Tyne-Wear derby on December 21.

For his part, Elliot – who has ably deputised for Krul over the past two seasons – just wants to take his unexpected chance.

“I never wish anyone to get injured, and Tim’s a good friend,” Elliot told the Gazette.

“He’s playing really well, and we’re all gutted that he got injured.

“But you have to be ready. We all get our chance at some point through injury, and you’ve just got to make sure when the games come that you show what you can do.”

Elliot couldn’t do much about Cresswell’s goal, which was the result of a mishit shot from Cheikhou Kouyate.

Kouyate’s scuffed shot bounced into the box, and Cresswell got to the ball before Cheik Tiote, Newcastle’s stand-in captain.

“It was a bit of a spawny goal,” said Elliot. “He’s mishit a shot, and it’s fallen straight to their player. That summed it up.

“It was looking like a draw - there wasn’t much going on in the game.

“They didn’t have many shots on target, and we didn’t have many shots on target.

“It was quite close. It was a disappointing result. Their goal was very disappointing.

“Coming to West Ham, you always know it’s going to be tough – they’re very physical and direct, and put lots of pressure on you – but we stood up to it really well.

“It was just that one bit of bad luck when he mishit the shot and it went to their player.”

Elliot and his team-mates are now focused on tomorrow night’s league game against second-from-bottom Burnley at Turf Moor.

“It was a fantastic run, and you want to come into the team and keep it going,” said the Republic of Ireland international.

“That wasn’t to be. Hopefully, we can kick on and take the hurt into Tuesday and make sure we get a result.”

Elliot – who has made two Capital One Cup appearances for Newcastle this season – has been patiently waiting for a league opportunity.

And his two international appearances for Ireland have helped him keep his sharpness.

“You obviously keep training hard and working every day,” said Elliot, who has made 25 appearances since joining from Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2011.

“I got some game time for Ireland, which was good, and played in the cup.

“There’s nothing better than playing week in, week out. It gets your match sharpness. It’s the same for goalies and outfield players.

“It’s disappointing, but hopefully, going forward, we’ll get some results.”