Wednesday 25 April 2018

Ireland stopper Rob Elliot calls on Newcastle to take out frustrations on West Brom

Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot.
Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot.

Damian Spellman

Rob Elliot has urged Newcastle to make West Brom pay for their Boxing Day heartache.

The Magpies came within seconds of securing a hard-fought Barclays Premier League point on Saturday when Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley snatched a last-gasp victory at St James' Park with an injury-time header, in the process leaving the home side in the relegation zone on goal difference.

Elliot and his team-mates will play the Baggies on Monday still smarting, but determined to make amends.

Asked if it was a good thing to have another game so quickly, the Republic of Ireland keeper told nufctv: "In one way, but in another way, I don't agree with the turnaround in games.

"It's a strange one in such a short space of time, but this situation, it's good. We'll get out there and hopefully put it right against West Brom and maybe get a bit of luck that we deserve. If we can put that performance in like we did against a team like Everton, then hopefully we can go to West Brom and try to get a good result."

Elliot made six crucial saves in a fine individual performance as the Magpies fought a concerted rearguard action against the Toffees, but although he denied Romelu Lukaku a goal in a ninth successive game, Cleverley ultimately robbed him of a clean sheet.

He said: "It's probably one of the worst ways I have ever lost a game, not to mention what a great game. I think a draw was probably a fair result, I thought we were magnificent, the defending and everything and I'm just gutted. I can't really say anything else other than I'm absolutely gutted."

Head coach Steve McClaren was desperately disappointed for his players after seeing their efforts eventually count for nothing - but he was able to take positives from a battling display in the face of sustained Everton pressure.

However, it seems a long time since back-to-back victories over Liverpool and Tottenham suggested a corner had been turned, and Newcastle will hope to kick-start their season once against against the Baggies.

Asked how he would lift his players once again, McClaren said: "You have got to challenge them and they have got to challenge themselves, challenge each other.

"We just have to do our job that we normally do between games, recover, prepare them for the next one and throw them out and perform. "It's going to be a big test, very interesting for our players on Monday. We have got to get over this disappointment mentally, pick ourselves up and go again."

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