By Will Butcher

Peter Beardsley has heaped praise on Newcastle stopper Rob Elliot after he made his belated return from injury on Monday night.

Speaking to Newcastle’s official website after the match, Beardsley was full of admiration for the Ireland international after his superb performance earned the Toon a 4-2 win against Aston Villa.

“He was unbelievable with the kids,” Beardsley declared. “His attitude from the first minute to the last, his attitude in the build up to the game, just everything about him – he’s a class act. He’s obviously a top keeper.

“He proved last night what a top goalkeeper he is. That save at the end was brilliant.”

The 30-year-old starred for Beardsley’s development side, making a number of first-class saves on his return from injury.

With the match entering its final stages, Elliot was on hand to deny Villa forward Jerell Sellars a consolation with a sublime stop.

Elliot, who was signed from League One outfit Charlton Athletic in 2011, has been out injured since March after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament while on international duty.

Making his first appearance in almost nine months, Elliot reminded all what he could do as Beardsley’s development side stretched their unbeaten run to four games.

Curtis Good, Stuart Findlay, Tom Heardman and Liam Smith grabbed the goals for the Toon, as they kept out a strong Villa side to earn all three points.

Elliot will now look to continue his recovery as he eyes a place in Rafa Benitez’s first team.

However, he will face an uphill task in regaining his spot as the Magpies have an abundance of goalkeepers vying for a place in between the St. James’ Park sticks.

Current number one Karl Darlow is keeping out the likes of Freddie Woodman and Matz Sels, while Holland international Tim Krul is on loan with Dutch giants Ajax.

In other Newcastle news, this League One manager is eyeing a move for one of Newcastle’s in-form attackers.