Garth Crooks speaks highly of Newcastle’s Rob Elliot

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Rob Elliot was outstanding for Newcastle United against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.

Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Garth Crooks has been singing the praises of Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot on BBC Sport.

Elliot was the star of the show for Newcastle on Saturday afternoon, as they got the better of Bournemouth 1-0 away from home in the Premier League.

Ayoze Perez’s goal in the 27th minute proved to be the difference between the two sides at the Vitality Stadium.

Hosts Bournemouth would have won the match had Elliot not been in great form.

The 29-year-old, who was playing on Saturday only because of the long-term injury sustained by first-choice goalkeeper Tim Krul, made as many as 11 saves.

Former Tottenham forward Crooks was impressed with Elliot’s performance and found his determination to play despite a recent injury problem refreshing.

“Elliot came into the game against Bournemouth having declared himself fit from a thigh strain,” the Englishman wrote on BBC Sport.

“How refreshing to see a modern day player prepared to perform for his team even when he might not be 100% fit.

“It was just as well Elliot did play because not only was he outstanding in goal for Newcastle, he was the only reason they kept a clean sheet.”

Newcastle are 17th in the Premier League table at the moment with 10 points from 12 matches, just two points above the relegation zone.

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