ROB Elliot’s looking to keep contributing at Newcastle United – after finally getting his Premier League chance.
Elliot will be in goal against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday with first-choice goalkeeper Tim Krul injured.
The 26-year-old, signed from Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2011, only made one appearance last season, and he’s looking to make up for lost time in Krul’s enforced absence.
And Elliot – who made his top-flight debut in last weekend’s 4-2 win over Southampton – is determined not to let the club down after impressing with his shot-stopping and handling against the Saints.
“You don’t get paid for being a trainer – you get paid to win,” Elliot said.
“It is gutting when you don’t. From a personal point of view, you can only go out and play your best. You always just look to add to the team performance.
“Whether you are keeping the score from 2-0 to 1-0, saving a draw or contributing to a win, you just want to give something.
“You have to keep going – you can only deal with what comes at you.
“As much as I’d like to run out and tackle somebody when it’s not going well, you can’t. You just have to keep your head and deal with it when it comes at you.”
Last month’s signings, and a shortening injury list, have seen relegation-threatened Newcastle’s fortunes improve in recent weeks.
And Elliot’s adamant that United, now 13th in the league, are now a match for anyone – at home and abroad.
“When we have a full strength team we can beat anybody,” said the Chatham-born player, who has now played in England’s top five divisions.
“We’ve had both ends of the spectrum – last season we had no injuries, this year we’ve been unlucky.”