Brilliant Krul Gets Shutout and Falkirk Win

Falkirk recorded their first win for a while when they beat Motherwell at home 1-0, but it was only thanks to the brilliance of Tim Krul, their on loan goalkeeper from Newcastle United.

This was Krul’s second clean sheet of the season in his 8th start for the Scottish club.

But it was the Dutch goalkeeper, more than anybody else on the home side, who ensured Falkirk secured all 3 points against Motherwell.


Tim Krul in brilliant form for Falkirk on Saturday to record both a clean sheet and a win

The visitors should have been ahead after less than two minutes but were denied by the brilliance of Krul. David Clarkson raced down the left before cutting back for Porter, who was just five yards out. The former Oldham striker looked certain to score, but Krul made a superb point-blank save to somehow turn the ball away for a corner. It was a stunning save by the Dutchman so early in the game.

The hosts initially struggled to create anything, but a Dean Holden cross after a fine passing move caused some panic in the Motherwell penalty area when the ball broke to Higdon, whose half-volley was deflected wide.

Then Porter came even closer to scoring after 23 minutes when he turned on the edge of the penalty area and was unlucky to see his left-footed strike come back off the post. After 37 minutes, it was Motherwell’s turn to threaten as Clarkson again burst down the left and squared the ball for the unmarked Stephen Hughes, but his drive lacked power and Krul held the ball comfortably.

Arfield then went on a mazy run down the left before lifting his effort too high over Smith’s bar as the first half closed with no score.

Seven minutes after the restart, Motherwell attacker Clarkson appealed for a penalty when he appeared to be tripped by Kenny Milne – but referee Kenny Clark waved play on. Then Krul again proved his prowess when the Dutchman made another brilliant stop from Steven McGarry’s strike, after the impressive Clarkson had played McGarry in.

Then after 74 minutes Falkirk scored thanks to veteran Russell Latapy. His high swerving free-kick, which seemed to be a cross, caught the Motherwell defense bemused, including goalkeeper Graeme Smith, and the ball landed in the back of the net. That was enough to secure all 3 points for Falkirk and it was their first win since defeating Gretna on the opening day of the season.

Motherwell had been the better team until they conceded the goal, with Chris Porter going nearest when striking a post in the first half. But Falkirk goalkeeper Tim Krul was in inspired form to shut them out.


Falkirk Krul, Aafjes, Arfield, Milne, Holden,Moutinho (Finnigan 70), Scobbie, Latapy, Thomson,Riera (Barrett 62), Higdon.

Goals: Latapy 74.

Motherwell Graeme Smith, Quinn, Craigan, Reynolds, Paterson,Lasley (McCormack 68), Hughes, Fitzpatrick (Jamie Murphy 84), McGarry, Clarkson, Porter.

10 comments so far

  • John

    Sep 25, 2007 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s the second,not the fierst time for Krul to have a clean sheet in SPL
    The first one is on the 1st week when Falkirk faced Gretna and won 4:0!!!

  • SelangorFC

    Sep 25, 2007 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Can Tim Krull takeover from Shan Given in case he left this January?

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 25, 2007 at 3:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Good news for Tim, Falkirk and Newcastle. We need to send more of our better youngsters on loan to learn their trade……

  • Pete

    Sep 25, 2007 at 3:28 AM

    Comment #4

    lol, no.

    Given isn’t going to leave, Krul is still learning and imo still not good enough for League 1/Championship.

    He looks like he is going to be ace the future tho

  • evil dick

    Sep 25, 2007 at 3:43 AM

    Comment #5

    given isn’t going anywhere! It’s really funny now we have competition for places some fans seem to think Given or Martins will leave just because they aren’t in the starting eleven every week. That’s the whole idea! Strength in depth.

  • malaysian geordie

    Sep 25, 2007 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #6

    krul is the future fo newcastle but he is still a few seasons short of first team quality. maybe be we can loan him to a better league next season to judge his pedigree

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 25, 2007 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #7

    totally agree with you evil dick – although you can’t blame people for wondering sometimes, given the predisposition of some ex-players for chucking their toys out the pram the minute they don’t get their own way.

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 25, 2007 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #8

    John – you’re right – I stand corrected.

  • Rob kirton

    Sep 25, 2007 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #9

    There is a potential problem by (maybe) end of next season, though very good one to have. We have four talented goalkeepers on our books, with vastly different levels of experience. As Pete pointed out Krul could do with another year, maybe at championship level next season. The giant man-boy of Fraser Forster now looks to be securing the reserve goalkeeper position. As long as both he and Krul develop it could be time to move on either Shay or Harps at the end of next season. We’ll see. The good things is – a genuine competition for places

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 25, 2007 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #10

    Careful what you say Rob, Sinead will hunt you down.


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