Tim Krul Pressing For Newcastle First Team Start

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

17 comments so far

  • cooldj

    Apr 24, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #1

    1st 🙂

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 24, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #2

    I do like watching the ressies and sounds as though it was a good match last night.

    Will probably be on MUFCtv at some point.

  • NotAGhostToon

    Apr 24, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #3

    Whatever happens next season I think our youngsters will be pretty key. Good to know that there producing

  • geordie jock

    Apr 24, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Great prospect, put him in the 1st team now, Harper is a liability.

  • Matt

    Apr 24, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #5

    We really need to blood Tim in soon. He’s an awesome prospect. Wish we had NUFC tv.

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 24, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #6

    I agree, he should be given a go before he decides his future lies elsewhere, he’ll probably end up at Man Utd.

  • Macas35

    Apr 24, 2009 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #7

    All these people wanting him in the team – do they watch him regularly? Apparently the penalty was a good height to save and you have to wonder how consistent he would be playing every week in a nervy relegation a battle. Stick with Harps for now, he hasn’t done much wrong since he’s been back, apart fron the odd bit of dodgy kicking!

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 24, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Seen him a few times in the SPL Macas and looked an excellent keeper. Harper is a good keeper but seems a bit hesitant in coming out to claim the ball sometimes and can also be a bit slow in getting down to shots. I think he makes a good second choice keeper.

  • DanToon

    Apr 24, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Too be honest when all you lot kept going on about Nile Ranger playing in the first team i was a little unsure but i’ve just watched him play the first half on MUTV and he’s a beast, with loads of quality! Scored a cracking header, was nowt wrong with that. Get him in v Pompy!

  • ToonRich

    Apr 24, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Macas, no offence mate but Tim HAS to be our next #1…
    IMO, you dont get touted as successor to your international colleague (a Mr Van Der Sar!) if you are not up to it!
    Remind me how old he was when he made his debut for us in the european tie – he had a fantastic game that night.

  • ToonRich

    Apr 24, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Well said DanToon…I’d love to see Nile get half an hour on Monday night 🙂

  • PaceOba

    Apr 24, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Great for the yougster like him at our club. Did everybody remember his first heroic debut game at Palermo? What the fantastic lads!!

  • Macas35

    Apr 24, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Shot Bru – Cheers for that, I guess I’m just a bit sceptical as lots on here rave about the reserves without having watched them. I think he will get his chance next season, but unfortunately that might not be in the Prem. I don’t think Shearer will chuck him into the battle we face now with no regular first team experience behind him, it would be a massive gamble in my opinion. He’ll get his chance, but it’s too tight to risk him at the moment. Maybe its different for young outfield players, but the keeper is the last line of defence and any nerves or inexperience might cost us.

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 24, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #14

    It just goes to show how slack we are in giving some of our younger talent a chance. It’s been 2 and a half years since Krul’s debut against Palermo. You’re right Dantoon why aren’t they giving Ranger a go, surely it adds an unpredictability to our play if he comes on with 30 mins to go, what have we got to lose. I guess the constant changing of managers has something to do with it, they don’t have enough time to assess the younger players as theyr’e under constant pressure to get results and before you know it they’ve been sacked.

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 24, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #15

    Macas i reckon thats how Shearer views the situation as well.

  • stevep

    Apr 24, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Kruls penalty save last night was nothing special, he effectively guessed the right way, was a poor penalty but all you can do is save em.

    Didn’t see any of his other saves as SSN only showed the goals and pen save – decent setup from Xisco leading to a great goal from Danquah

  • ObaMartins

    Apr 24, 2009 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #17

    Tim should be No1 now in my Opinion….


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