Newcastle skipper hails keeper’s great day

Rob Elliot
Rob Elliot

Fabricio Coloccini says the only way is up for Newcastle United – after the club finally climbed out of the drop zone.

But Saturday’s victory owed everything to Rob Elliot’s performance in goal.

And Coloccini, United’s captain, feels that the goalkeeper – who had been struggling with a thigh injury before the match – is an “example” to his team-mates given the need for character over the coming months.

“Rob was outstanding,” said Coloccini, who put in a series of blocks and challenges to keep Bournemouth at bay.

“I’m pleased we managed to win the game for him, because he played so well. He was injured for most of last week, but he came out straight away and said that he wanted to play.

“That is the type of person that we need in the changing room.

“He is an example for all of the players to follow, and his attitude is exactly what you want when you are trying to improve and win games.

“The whole team did a great defensive job, starting from the strikers and finishing with Rob Elliot in goal.

“That was the important thing – we played like a team.”

Coloccini admitted Newcastle were poor at the Vitality Stadium, where they couldn’t keep hold the ball.

But the long-serving defender was heartened by some of the qualities the team did show in a a backs-to-the-wall performance.

“It’s important that we showed we can win a game like that,” he said. “You always want to be playing really good football, but it was good to see the team fighting like we did.

“We tried to play football, of course, but the most important thing is that when it is not going so well, we still put everything into the game to try to get a result.

“We always talk about giving 100 per cent on the pitch, and I think you saw a team playing like that.

“I’m very happy. We didn’t play a particularly good game, but we got the result and that’s the most important thing.”