ROB Elliot’s hopeful he’s repaid Alan Pardew’s faith in him during his stint in goal for Newcastle United.
Elliot’s started the club’s last six games in the absence through injury of No1 Tim Krul.
Newcastle have pulled away from the Premier League’s relegation zone in that sequence – and progressed in Europe.
Krul returned to training this week after recovering from the ankle problem he suffered in last month’s 1-0 Europa League win over Metalist Kharkiv in the Ukraine.
And Pardew – who signed Elliot from his former club Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2011 – will assess Krul’s fitness ahead of Saturday’s game against Manchester City at the Ethiad Stadium.
For his part, Elliot – who made just one appearance last season – is just grateful to have had the opportunity to show his quality between the posts.
“I’ve had to work hard for my opportunity,” Elliot said.
“I’ve just tried to do well for the team, the manager and everyone who’s backed me. That’s all you can do. Hopefully, I’ve repaid their faith in me.”
Newcastle head to the North West still needing points to secure their top-flight status for another season.
However, the club is yet to record a win at the Ethiad Stadium – and Pardew’s side face a team with a point to prove.
The Premier League champions – who were dumped out of Europe in December – are effectively out of the title race with 10 games left to play.
Roberto Mancini will welcomes back influential pair Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero for the fixture.
However, Elliot believes United are taking a “winning mentality” with them across the Pennines.
“Winning’s winning – it doesn’t matter if it’s ugly, or whatever,” added the 26-year-old. “Sometimes you have to win ugly, and sometimes you have to win good.
“We need to keep that winning mentality. It starts in training every morning, and leads into the games.”