Sunderland v Newcastle Utd: Magpie keeper Elliot out to make most of his big chance

Rob Elliot will face Sunderland on Sunday
Rob Elliot will face Sunderland on Sunday
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Rob Elliot is determined to seize his unexpected chance at Newcastle United with both hands – as he thought he’d NEVER play for the Tynesiders again.

The goalkeeper made his first Premier League start in more than 10 months, in Sunday’s 6-2 win over Norwich, in the absence of injured first-choice Tim Krul.

And Elliot will be between the posts for the Wear-Tyne derby against Sunderland on Sunday.

But the 29-year-old – who missed the second half of last season with a thigh injury – feared that his days at the Magpies were numbered in the summer after the arrival of Karl Darlow.

“If I’m being honest, I never thought I would play for Newcastle again at one point,” said Elliot, who signed a new long-term contract early last year.

“So to play for this club (again) and to be out here is one of the proudest things I’ve ever done.

“On a day like (against Norwich), when you have the crowd and everything, it’s just absolutely amazing.

“From a personal point of view, you just want to take the chance with both hands and just give it your best.

“I’ve always said if you just go out there and give it the best you can – come for crosses and just sort of sweep up – if you always do those things then you’ll be well.”

Krul, 27, ruptured his anterior cruciate knee ligament playing for Holland earlier this month, while Darlow is sidelined with an ankle injury.