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It's Ell For Us As Well - 08/12/2005

It's Ell For Us As Well
   Gareth Barry
   Aston Villa
   Newcastle United
   Wigan Athletic

Robbie Elliott has revealed how he fully understands the way Toon fans are feeling after United's poor recent run.

United appeared to have turned the corner after their early-season slump but after winning four games in a row their most recent four games have yielded just one goal, one point and a dreadful Carling Cup exit against Wigan reserves.

Elliott admits the last fortnight has been hard to take for everybody concerned in black and white - but insisted he and his team-mates were determined to get things back on track as soon as possible.


He said today: "If the supporters think they are disappointed, believe me the players feel 10 times worse. "This is more than just a game of football for us - we are playing for the fans but also our livelihoods and our families.

"We felt low after Wigan but we've had a good turnaround after that. "We haven't been moping about - we've got straight back to training to try to put things right, and I think that was evident against Aston Villa at times. "Now we want to continue that against Arsenal."


Saturday's opponents Arsenal played out a 0-0 stalemate against Ajax last night, with Thierry Henry missing a first-half spot kick. However, Arsene Wenger will be happy with the point after taking the opportunity to rest Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires, Sol Campbell, Gilberto Silva, Freddie Ljungberg and Jens Lehmann for the trip to Tyneside. It means Wenger will be able to name a fresh side against United as they look to pick things up again in the Premiership after a 2-0 defeat at Bolton last time out. Nevertheless, Elliott, who bagged the winner against the Gunners at Highbury in 1997, is rubbing his hands together at the prospect of taking on the FA Cup holders.

He added: "This a game you always look forward to and always want to play in. "We know they will come here and try to play football and we will have to battle. "We know what we have to do against them and that is up our performance again."


The 1-1 draw with Aston Villa wasn't the result Elliott or United were looking for on Saturday, but the ex-Bolton defender knows it could have been worse. Elliott has seen it all at St James' Park during his two spells at the club and, after being part of the squad that were almost relegated to the old Third Division in 1992, will be one of the first to admit that United's current position is far from a crisis. Elliott opted to stay philosophical about Gareth Barry's last-minute penalty that would have resulted in an abject home defeat.

He said: "Hopefully the penalty miss by Villa in the last game is the little bit of luck we need to turn things around again. It would have been harsh if we had gone on to lose the game."

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