Sunderland v Newcastle Utd: Keeper Elliot ready to tough it out for Magpies

Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot
Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot
Have your say

Rob Elliot is ready for the “toughest” game of his Newcastle United career – as the Magpies bid to end a run of five successive derby defeats.

The goalkeeper will be between the posts for tomorrow’s Wear-Tyne derby against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, with Tim Krul injured and out for the season.

Elliot played in last weekend’s timely 6-2 win over Norwich, and he said: “You could argue that the derby has sort of swayed in Sunderland’s favour in terms of form, manager changes and stuff like that, so it’s nice to go in with a bit of confidence.

“But we’re not getting ahead of ourselves. It’s going to be a tough game, so we need to make sure we keep improving. We want to win the derby. We want to do the fans proud.”

Elliot, 29, has never played in a derby at the Stadium of Light. He added: “It’ll be a new experience for me. It will be good. It’s just about keeping that togetherness as a team when we go there.”

Follow all the build-up, action and reaction to the derby on our matchday blog