Self-belief will carry Newcastle Utd to safety

SELF-BELIEF ... Rob Elliot.
SELF-BELIEF ... Rob Elliot.

ROB Elliot says there’s no shortage of “self-belief” in Newcastle United’s dressing room – despite the club’s dire predicament.

Alan Pardew’s 17th-placed side are deep in relegation trouble with two games left to play.

But the goalkeeper says the team’s confidence remains intact – despite the recent home defeats to Liverpool and Sunderland and the backlash that followed them.

“You just have to have that self-belief,” Elliot said. “I’ve never been an arrogant person, but I have always had self-belief.

“You are going to get knocked down in whatever walk of life, and you just have to make sure you react. Sometimes one bad thing happens, and you can let it get on top of you.

“But everybody as a club has said we won’t let it affect us.

“We’ve taken a lot of criticism on the chin, and we’ve just accepted it.

“The only way to answer it is to put performances in. That has been a massive plus for me as a person at the club to see that.”

Newcastle’s fate is intertwined with that of third-bottom Wigan Athletic, who play Swansea City at the DW Stadium tonight.

A win for Roberto Martinez’s side would put United into the relegation zone. Elliot, however, insists he and his colleagues can’t be preoccupied with results elsewhere.

“You get to this end of the season, and if you are down there, you can only concentrate on yourself,” added the 27-year-old, in goal with first-choice Tim Krul injured.

“That’s the biggest thing to do. When you start worrying about other teams, that’s when it goes wrong.

“It is all about us. We have to do what we need to do. It’s in our own hands rather than relying on others.”

Newcastle reacted to their 6-0 loss against Liverpool by claiming a point from a goalless draw against West Ham United on Saturday.

“It was a good step picking up a point against a good team,” said Elliot.

“We needed to show character. After Liverpool, it was disappointing, and you can’t really defend it.You tak e it on the chin.

“You hold your hands up and say we weren’t good enough. Then you try to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“That will kick us on for the next two games. We go into the (QPR) game with confidence.

“They’re similar to West Ham. We know what to expect. They may be relegated, but they are playing for next season.”

The build-up to Newcastle’s visit to Upton Park was dominated by talk of dressing room unrest, but Elliot – one of three English players in Pardew’s starting XI at the weekend – is adamant there are no divisions behind the scenes.

“We showed that there was no rift at West Ham, and none of this French-English thing,” he said.

“The group is together. The performance at West Ham showed that. Any concerns that we aren’t committed was put right then.”

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