ROB Elliot says Newcastle United’s players must win back the trust of the club’s fans at the Hawthorns.
Newcastle’s 3-0 derby defeat to Sunderland at St James’s Park last weekend angered supporters.
And the result has left United needing at least four points from their last five games to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Manager Alan Pardew has come under fire from fans in the wake of his team’s below-par performance, which followed the club’s dramatic Europa League exit at the hands of Benfica.
With first-choice goalkeeper Tim Krul out for the season after dislocating his shoulder in the derby, Elliot will be in goal against West Bromwich Albion tomorrow.
Elliot and his team-mates will be backed by a sold-out away end at The Hawthorns, and the 26-year-old admits Pardew’s players owe them a performance – and a result.
“It’s very hard after losing the derby to ask the fans to get behind us,” Elliot told SportMail.
“They’re Newcastle through and through, regardless of what’s gone on. They’ll always be there. We’ve got to get them back on our side.
“They’re hurting at the moment – that’s completely understandable – but I think they still have a lot of faith in this team.”
The hurt in the dressing room – and in the city – will be used by Pardew’s players over the coming games as they look to secure the club’s top-flight status, which is on the line after a disappointing domestic campaign beset by injuries.
“I think we’ve got to use it to kick us on for the rest of the season,” added Elliot, who has shrugged off an ankle knock and is fit to play.
“It was a low point against Sunderland, especially when you saw the efforts we put in against Benfica. We’ve played a lot of games, and the last one was disappointing.
“We need to kick on in the last five games and put in a proper, honest performance and play to the best of our ability. We were playing well until Sunday.
“Everyone was disappointed. It’s a case of putting things right in the next five games, and finishing the season strongly.”
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