By Will Butcher
Rob Elliot has heaped praise on Newcastle’s fans as they flocked down south to Wales to watch the Toon coast past Cardiff City.
Ireland international Elliot captained the side in his second consecutive start as goals from Christian Atsu and Isaac Hayden earned a 2-0 victory against Neil Warnock’s side.
The Mag claim a huge 4300 fans watched their side at the Cardiff City Stadium, as they earned a 28th league win .
Posting on his personal Twitter account, goalkeeper Elliot revealed it was “a massive honour” to wear the captain’s armband and described the travelling fans as “immense”.
A massive honour to captain @NUFC tonight and great to get the away record wins and a clean sheet on top. Fans were immense lads were class
— Rob Elliot (@the_dilsh) April 28, 2017
Elliot returned between the sticks on Monday for the first time since March 2016, after suffering a long-term knee injury while on international duty with Ireland.
Rafa Benitez’s side finally took the lead 10 minutes into the second half, as Chelsea loanee Christian Atsu, who scored his second goal in two games with a sublime, clipped free-kick.
The Magpies the doubled their lead through summer signing Isaac Hayden, who produced a left-footed drive from 25 yards out that flew past goalkeeper Allan McGregor into the net.
The win sees Newcastle keep their slim hopes of achieving promotion by going up as Championship champions, as they sit one point behind Chris Hughton’s Brighton.
The Seagulls have a game in hand and the north east outfit will be hoping Bristol City can do them a favour by beating Brighton at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.
In other Newcastle news, fans have urged their club to sign this 25-year-old in the summer.