TIM Krul’s injury has turned into a “positive” for Newcastle United, according to Alan Pardew.
The goalkeeper has missed the last four games with an elbow injury.
And Steve Harper and Rob Elliot have both underlined their own qualities during Krul’s absence.
Elliot, making only his third appearance for the club, pulled off two superb saves in last night’s 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
But he couldn’t stop Anderson and Tom Cleverley booking Sir Alex Ferguson’s side a place in the competition’s fourth round.
Elliot made his debut more than a year ago in a 4-3 win over Nottingham Forest in the same competition.
And the 26-year-old admitted himself he wasn’t at his best at the City Ground.
However, Elliot starred in last week’s goalless draw against Maritimo in the Europa League, and manager Pardew – who worked with him at Charlton Athletic – believes he has proved he’s good enough to play for Newcastle.
“I’m glad of that – I think he’s come in for a bit of criticism over one game at Nottingham Forest,” Pardew told the Gazette.
“That was actually unfair in my opinion. He’s been brilliant in training, and he’s showed that in these games.
“I’m absolutely delighted for him.”
Harper has played two Premier League games in Krul’s absence, and the 37-year-old – the club’s longest-serving player – has also earned praise from Pardew.
“The Tim injury has turned into a positive for us,” he added.
“Harps played brilliantly in the last couple of games, and Rob played two games and did brilliantly as well.
“That situation has been resolved. There’s no doubt we’ve got three great goalies here.”