Newcastle boss Pardew full of praise for stand-in Elliot

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is pleased with what he's seen from Rob Elliot. The young keeper has stepped in for injured No1 Tim Krul.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is pleased with what he's seen from Rob Elliot.

The young keeper has stepped in for injured No1 Tim Krul.

Pardew said: "It's a tough agenda for him because Tim is a Dutch international and a great goalkeeper, and the fans love him here, so there's always that pressure.

"But I never doubted his ability. The only problem Rob had when I first managed him was a lack of confidence.

"But we pursued him because we knew that. After I left and (goalkeeping coach) Andy Woodman stayed there, he grew as a first-team goalkeeper and confidence was all the problem was. Now he's got that.

"He's a great shot-stopper - he's one of the best, trust me - and he's finding a nice little niche here."

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