Pardew - Elliot was outstanding
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew hailed goalkeeper Rob Elliot following his impressive performance against Maritimo.
Last Updated: 20/09/12 9:52pm
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew hailed goalkeeper Rob Elliot following his impressive performance against Maritimo in their Europa League Group D clash on Thursday.
The 26-year-old made his European debut for the Magpies in Madeira and helped his side to a 0-0 draw, keeping out Sami on three occasions.
It was only Elliot's second appearance for Newcastle, and Pardew was pleased with the former Charlton Athletic custodian's display in Portugal.
"Rob has waited a long time - since the [Nottingham] Forest game, really - to stake his claim," he said.
"We know him very well, myself and the goalkeeping coach [Andy Woodman] because of Charlton, and this is a shot-stopper, this is a great goalkeeper.
"What he did at the start of the game is what he does in training every day, and I was pleased for him in every aspect of his game, very, very pleased with him.
"He was outstanding, as well as the back four against a really difficult surface and difficult opponents."
Pardew added that he was happy with the draw in their opening game in the group.
"Maritimo are a team who are going to surprise teams here," he said. "They are very, very good - their record suggests that.
"Therefore, taking all that into consideration, I thought a draw was a great result."
Meanwhile, Maritimo boss Pedro Martins was disappointed not to have bagged maximum points.
Asked if the result was a fair one, he said: "For the quality of the game, no, but for the opportunities, I think yes.
"I felt we were much better than the opposition in the way we played."