Rob Elliot on why he missed West Brom clash, and Newcastle's Arsenal display

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Elliot has explained the illness that kept him out of the Baggies defeat, but was positive about Newcastle's performance against Arsenal, despite another loss.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot revealed he could not stand up ahead of their game against West Bromwich Albion last Monday, meaning he had to sit out the defeat at The Hawthorns.

His place in goal was taken by youngster Karl Darlow, who made his Premier League debut, but Elliot returned to action for the defeat to Arsenal at the weekend.

The goalkeeping situation currently isn't the best for the Magpies with Tim Krul sidelined because of an ACL injury.

Elliot is quoted in the Shields Gazette, saying: “Given the opportunity to play as many games as this, I don’t want to miss out on any, so it was gutting.

“But seriously, I could barely even stand up. I tried it in the warm up, but I was either going to throw up or pass out.

“It was probably the right decision not to play, and I thought Karl did well under a lot of pressure. He kept us in the game with his saves.”

Unfortunately for Darlow, his saves weren't enough as a fumble contributed to a winning goal from Baggies midfielder Darren Fletcher on the day - though otherwise he didn't look out of place.

The weekend's game against Arsenal brought about another narrow defeat which leaves Steve McClaren's side in the relegation zone after 20 games - two points adrift from safety.

Elliot added:“It’s good that we’re creating the chances though, especially when you consider we were playing the team at the top of the league.

“But it counts for nothing at the end, and we need to start turning these performances into results."

One huge frustration when it comes to watching Newcastle is that they are a side that is capable of upsetting the big boys and have put in good performances against some of the league's bigger names.  

They have shown they can beat Liverpool and Tottenham this season while also putting in good performances against Chelsea and Manchester United - as well as Arsenal - but the lack of consistency in their performance level, and poor results against a lot of the sides around them, have left the Magpies in a dire position.

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