'With the stories flying around - (we) haven't got enough, (we) have got enough - I don't think it's very fair on the squad, ' admitted Elliot, who was injured for the majority of last term.
Newcastle reached the quarter-finals of the competition last season, and their fans will be hoping that they can match, if not better, that run in this year's tournament. We just wanted it to be about looking forward to the Premier League season, unfortunately it's not been that.
Pundits Jamie Carragher and Joey Barton have both suggested Benitez himself is responsible for at least some of that, but Benitez insists a return to winning ways - Nottingham Forest are due on Tyneside for a Carabao Cup second round tie on Wednesday night - would solve numerous current issues.
'I think the lads have done and they've done brilliantly, and the new signings look good. "It could be crucial because it could push us to get better and be focused for West Ham". "It is something we have done well for years and working hard, we have the feeling that we will improve". "Hopefully we can change that".
"It has not happened and that will frustrate him greatly".
Benitez has spoken about the momentum created from promotion dwindling away over the summer, and Elliot has agreed. Benitez will have to sell to bring in more players having already acquired the signatures of Jacob Murphy, Florian Lejeune, Christian Atsu, Joselu, Javier Manquillo and Mikel Merino. It can give us confidence, winning that game. Dwight had to come off which is a pity because the longer games go on the more he gets chances.
Contrasting the team he has now with the "fabulous players" he has now, the former Newcastle boss sees it being a "real job" for Rafa even to get his side to survive this season.