Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

After Last Week We Just Need Now to Get out and Display Total Commitment SAYS BOB Elliot

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

After Last Week We Just Need Now to Get out and Display Total Commitment SAYS BOB Elliot

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Byline: NIEL CAMERON

PROFESSIONAL football players complaining about their lot is not something that ever goes down well with the average punter.

On New Year's Eve, Rio Ferdinand asked his Twitter followers to feel sorry for him because he was cooped up a hotel room while the rest of us were out gallivanting.

A man calling himself Scouse Scouseter, so probably not a Manchester United fan, spoke for all of us in his reply.

"Will you spare a thought for the rest of the country struggling while your (sic) on 80k a week you ..." This is a family newspaper so we'll edit out the last few words. Mr Scouseter did not end with "cultured centre-half" if that's what you are thinking, which you probably weren't.

So when Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot highlights the fact his team have been forced to play an awful lot of games this season, many of these fixtures coming right on top of one another, he's honestly not complaining or asking anyone to feel sorry for the dressing room.

Who would dare in this week of all weeks? Elliot is one of the most down to earth and decent blokes you could meet and, having arrived in the Premier League via the lower leagues, including not one but two loan spells at Accrington Stanley, he is someone who appreciates the fortunate position he is in.

But he does make the point, and it is relevant, that now Europe is no longer a concern, playing one game a week will make a difference to a squad that clearly struggled to juggle its Premier League and Europa League commitments.

Elliot said: "We just need to go and show total commitment.

"The energy levels after a week off will be key because "We've played a lot of games this year.

"So having the recovery and preparation time, and being able to go out on the training pitch this week, will ensure we are ready for Saturday.

"I think we've got to use what happened in the derby "To kick us on for the rest of the season.

"It was a low point against Sunderland, especially when you saw the efforts we put in "against Benfica.

"We've played a lot of games this season and played well, but we have to admit the last one was disappointing. …

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