Alan Pardew has sang the praises of goalkeeper Rob Elliot following Newcastle’s goalless draw with Maritimo.
The 26 year old made a plethora of impressive saves to keep the Portuguese outfit at bay, in Newcastle’s opening group stage Europa League fixture.
Pardew spoke to The Journal, “We know Rob is an outstanding keeper. There’s no doubts about that from us.
“I knew we could put him in. Rob’s waited a while for his chance. He’s a shot stopper and a great keeper. What he did at the start he does in training every day. I was really pleased with him.
The former Charlton man was particularly busy early on as the Toon Army struggled to settle, with one particularly impressive reflex save in the opening minutes from a corner. Tyneside boss, Pardew, had previously worked with Elliot at Charlton and chose to sell Fraser Forster in favour of keeping the Addicks former number one.