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Elliot is ready for Magpies chance

IRELAND keeper Rob Elliot (right) says he's ready for a run in the Newcastle United side as deputy for the injured Tim Krul.

The 28-year-old made his first Premier League appearance of the season in Saturday's defeat to West Ham but boss Alan Pardew said he was happy with his keeper's display. Pardew is ready to use Elliot again in tomorrow's Premier League meeting with Burnley and also for most of the December programme which sees United play Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham as Krul picked up an injury in training last week and could be out for a month.

"Rob's come in with a super performance That's what you have to do in the Premier League, especially this month," said Pardew after the West Ham defeat.

Elliot has had to be patient since he joined Newcastle from Charlton in 2011 but he says that a recent appearance for Ireland, in the friendly against the USA last month, helped him stay sharp.

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"You obviously keep training hard and working every day. I got some game time for Ireland, which was good, and played in the League Cup But there's nothing better than playing week in, week out. It gets your match sharpness. It's the same for goalies and outfield players," says Elliot, relieved to get a run in the side at last even though it came about due to Krul's injury.

"I never wish anyone to get injured, and Tim's a good friend. 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."

Defeat to West Ham ended Newcastle's six-game winning run but Elliot is keen to get back to winning ways against Burnley tomorrow.

"It was a fantastic run, and you want to come into the team and keep it going. That wasn't to be. Hopefully, we can kick on and take the hurt into tomorrow and make sure we get a result," he added.

Elliot made his Ireland debut against Turkey in May and has since added caps in friendlies against Oman and the USA.


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