Mint: Rob Elliot praises Newcastle United fans

St James Park

The Newcastle United goalkeeper summed up the club's fans in one word more or less.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot has summed up what it's like playing in front of a packed St James's Park.

The Republic of Ireland international, who will miss Euro 2016 through injury, was asked on Twitter what it was like to play "in front of 52,000 Geordies".

The 30-year-old greatly enhanced his reputation this past season in a campaign which saw him promoted to the Magpies' number one following an injury to Tim Krul, with Elliot clocking 21 Premier League appearances.

He has not, however, had much time to impress manager Rafael Benitez, having been ruled out for six months in March - two weeks after Benitez replaced Steve McClaren - following a knee injury on international duty.

Karl Darlow, their third-choice option, deputised for Elliot and Krul in the Premier League relegation run-in, though the 25-year-old was powerless to help the team avoid demotion into the Championship.

Nevertheless, Newcastle fans are indeed mint and it has been reported (The Chronicle) that the supporters' passion may help the Spanish coach decide to stay at the club, despite the relegation.

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