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From Erith Town to Newcastle, Elliot living dream

10 March 2013 14:40

Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot has revealed he has to 'pinch himself' to believe he is playing in the Premier League.

Elliot began his youth career at Erith Town - a club in the Kent League Premier Division, a far cry from the heights of the English top flight.

The 26-year-old joined the Magpies in 2011 after spending seven years at Charlton Athletic, which included loan spells at Bishop's Stortford, Notts County and Accrington Stanley.

But after putting in a man-of-the-match display against Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League while number one Tim Krul was out injured, Elliot is looking forward to establishing himself in the starting XI.

"Of course I want to be number one some day," he told reporters.

"Any player at any club should aspire to be the best in his position. I've always enjoyed having a challenge; it's helped me to become a better keeper."

After shutting out Cameroon and Anzhi star Samuel Eto'o in Russia last week, Elliot believes he is able to enjoy football that much more due to his experiences of the lower leagues in the past - and will give his all to stay at this level.

"I have to pinch myself to believe. I'm now playing in the Premier League and Europa League. I've played in the lowest league in the non-league pyramid with Erith Town, when I was 17, and just worked my way up in stages.

"The ambition to play in the Premier League has always been there. But having been where I have, I probably relish it more. Sometimes you look around and appreciate the things you get, like travelling on a plane to Russia and playing against Samuel Eto'o, who has probably won everything there is to win apart from the World Cup.

"Now I just want to enjoy it. I don't want any regrets. I want to come away and say I did everything I could."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
10 March 2013
Game week
29
Kick-off
16:00
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0 - 0
Full-time
2 - 1
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St. James' Park (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
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Goals

0 - 1
67' J. Walters (PG)
Y. Cabaye 73'  
1 - 1
P. Cissé 90'+2
(assist by S. Marveaux) 
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