By Aramide Oladipo
Newcastle United goalkeeper Robert Elliot believes that the St James’ Park atmosphere will play a massive role for the club in the Premier League next season – and has urged fans to make it a “horrible place to come”.
The Magpies lifted the Championship title in front of a full house at St James’ Park last weekend as they beat Barnsley 3-0 on the final day of the season.
Newcastle’s home form played a crucial role in their promotion bid as they managed to win 15 games played on home soil in the Championship this season.
Speaking to the Evening Chronicle, the 31-year-old Republic of Ireland international admitted that his side need to take this form into the Premier League next season.
“We have to take that with us every game. We have to make this place a horrible place to come,” he said.
“We need to take that with us next year. Hopefully we can push on.”
“You can see that [we have been rebuilding the relationship] with the fans,” he added.
“To fill out St James’s every week, with the away support – it has pushed us on.”
Elliot has spent the majority of the season on the sidelines as he suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury whilst playing for the Republic of Ireland in March 2016.
The goalkeeper made his return between the sticks for the club at St James’ Park in the 4-1 victory over Preston North End where Newcastle confirmed their promotion to the English top flight next season.
Elliot knows what it takes to play in the Premier League as he made 21 appearances during the 2015/16 campaign where he kept four clean sheets.
In other Newcastle news, this defender is set to quit the club this summer as Benitez’s summer overhaul begins.