'Terrifies me', 'Shocking' - Newcastle fans rage over stalwart's performance v Southampton
By Russell Edge
Newcastle United fans took to social media to vent their anger at the performance of goalkeeper Rob Elliot after his performance in the 2-2 draw with Southampton on Sunday.
The 30-year-old has been a crucial member of the Magpies’ squad this season, starting every one of their eight league matches, and although he has been one of their top performers, the Republic of Ireland international was below par against the Saints.
The stalwart at the back failed to show the same confidence he has in recent weeks, missing critical punches and being slow to react as Southampton twice came from behind to snatch a point.
Newcastle fans turned to Twitter to blast their number one, with many questioning his composure and shot stopping abilities.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
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Manquillo should be doing better & Elliot should never get beaten at his front post like that #nufc
— mozLAD (@MozzaNUFC) October 15, 2017
Shocking that. No way he should be getting the shot away and Elliot has to do better as well #NUFC
— Rory Faulds (@rory0120) October 15, 2017
Another softie by Rob Elliot. It is getting old #NUFC
— Eduardo V (@eddievf) October 15, 2017
Again. Rob Elliot not good enough. #NUFC
— Ben Holden (@BenHolden_) October 15, 2017
Great half from us but heart goes into my mouth each time the ball goes back to bloody Elliot #NUFC
— ⚜️®Ryan®⚜️ (@RyanIcardi99) October 15, 2017
Elliot terrifies me from set plays. #NUFC
— Scott (@ScottBarclay6) October 15, 2017
Elliot’s GK positioning is AWFUL. #nufc
— Toon Army Virginia (@ToonArmy757) October 15, 2017
rob elliot gives me the fear, not a composed game today at all.
— shaun (@shauni46) October 15, 2017
Elliot, who is the longest serving player at the club, was beaten by a double from Manolo Gabbiadini, one from the penalty spot, after Isaac Hayden and Ayoze Perez had given the Magpies the lead.
The point means that Newcastle remain ninth on 11 points, two points ahead of Southampton, who move into tenth, and two points behind four sides, including Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Their next match sees them host basement club Crystal Palace, who picked up their first win of the season against Chelsea on Saturday, at St James’ Park.
In other Newcastle United news, Football Insider has analysed three things learned about the Magpies in their draw with the Saints.