It appears that Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul has edged out Fraser Forster as the Newcastle back-up goalkeeper to Steve Harper, and he performed some heroics last night for the Reserves against Manchester United.
Tim Krul - made brilliant penalty save last night
Tim did nothing to harm his burgeoning position as Newcastle’s next number one, when he brilliantly saved a penalty with just 11 minutes to go last night, to extend the Reserves unbeaten run to 10 games, at Altrincham’s Moss Lane.
Manchester United were awarded a penalty when Newcastle’s 18 year-old center-back Ben Tozer, one of our star youngsters, was judged to have tripped the Red Devils striker Lee Martin inside the penalty box.
Brazilian full-back Fabio Da Silva stepped up with the spot-kick, but it was Krul who dived to his left to brilliantly block the penalty shot – a great save from the Dutch Under-21 player and Newcastle captain on the night.
That save, as so often happens, inspired Richard Money’s side and they went in search of the winner in the last 10 minutes, with both Ben Tozer and Spanish striker Xisco going close to getting the inner.
Manchester captain Corry Evans had put Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s men in fron early in the game after just 8 minutes after getting in behind the Newcastle back four and easily beating Krul.
But then Newcastle equalized just 10 minutes later when Xisco set up Frank Wiafe Danquah, and then Dutchman hit a terrific shot form fully 30 yards out that beat the dive of Polish goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak.
A young man by the name of Nile Ranger then had a legitimate goal disallowed for climbing on the back of young Brazilian Da Silva, after he headed home Shane Ferguson’s cross, but it looked a good goal.
The second period was well contested, and it took the brilliance of Tim Krul to save Newcastle, but the Magpies after the penalty save went close to winning it all, in the final 10 minutes.
Another great performance from Richard Money’s crop of excellent youngsters.
Newcastle United: Tim Krul (c), James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Donaldson, Ben Tozer, Darren Lough, Jonny Godsmark (Mark Doninger, 53m), Frank Wiafe Danquah, Nile Ranger, Xisco, Wesley Ngo Baheng (Haris Vuckic, 72m)
Subs not used: Ole Soderberg, James Taylor, Matthew Grieve
Manchester United: Tomasz Kuszczak, Richard Eckersley, Fabio Da Silva, Corry Evans (c), Oliver Gill, Wes Brown (Cameron Stewart, 46m), Matthew Jones, Daniel Drinkwater, Darron Gibson (Magnus Eikrem, 63m), Lee Martin, Zoran Tosic
Subs not used: Joe Dudgeon, Ben Amos, Robert Brady