Rob Elliot discusses the mood in Newcastle dressing room after Tyne-Wear derby

The two sides drew 1-1 at St James' Park on Sunday.

The mood in the Newcastle United dressing room was a positive one following the draw with Sunderland, Rob Elliot has told the club’s official website.

The two sides met at St James' Park on Sunday afternoon in a crucial Tyne-Wear derby.

The game was vital for both sides, as they sought all three points to try to push themselves away from the relegation zone.

Instead, they had to share the points as a late Aleksandar Mitrovic header cancelled out Jermain Defoe’s opener.

The result suited neither team, but Elliot says the mood in the Newcastle dressing room was a positive one at full-time.

"The mood in the dressing room afterwards was a lot more positive than it was at half-time," he told

“We managed to get the goal late on but we created chances. We just need to be more clinical. After Mitro's goal we had a few opportunities to go on and win it.

"We ended very much on the front foot. Sunderland had the first half but we certainly had the second, we just need to make sure we're the stronger side for the entire 90 minutes."

Elliot and his teammates will now be hoping that Mitrovic’s late equaliser can spur them on to avoiding relegation this season.

They are now three points away from safety after Norwich City’s win over West Bromwich Albion saw the Canaries pull clear of the bottom three.

However, that is not an insurmountable gap by any stretch of the imagination and Benitez’s side will be confident they can escape in the games remaining.

And with the Canaries being Newcastle's next opponents following the international break, that would be the perfect time to start the escape.

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