WBA 1 Newcastle 1 – Krul Saves The Day


We’ve said that if Newcastle are to have a good season and possibly come straight back up then we need to see some of our youngsters to show through and one of them today, goalkeeper Tim Krul was Newcastle’s star in a 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns.

The lads claimed a hard fought point tonight after coming from behind in today’s opener at WBA.

Time Krul was the hero as the 21 year-old Dutch U21 International came on for the injured Steve Harper after the break and then managed to pull off a string of fine saves as Newcastle claimed a 1-1 draw.

A point away after the summer the lads have had, and against one of the favorites to be promoted, has to go down as a satisfying result for the Geordie faithful, who have put up with hell and high water over the summer months.

Shelton Martis gave WBA a first-half lead, but Damien Duff scored 10 minutes into the second half, after being set up by Kevin Nolan, and Krul’s heroics then ensured Chris Hughton’s men took a point back to Tyneside.

The next game is next Saturday at home to reading with another tea time kick off.

Of course Joey Barton’s absence from the starting eleven had added some drama to the game, as if we needed any more, after a training ground incident involving Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez yesterday.

However, Barton did manage to come on to replace Shola Ameobi after 75 minutes after Chris had decided to name him as a substitute.

Before the game when Barton came to warm up he seemed to warm up on his own (although we may be making too much of it) and some discipline measures for Joey may have to be taken following the game.

But with Barton missing the start it meant young Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi led the line for Newcastle, and Kevin Nolan, dropped back to midfield.

Before kick off, there was a minute’s applause for Sir Bobby Robson.

And once the game started it  took just 6 minutes before Alan Shearer’s name was first chanted by the 2,700 traveling Newcastle fans.

Duff had Newcastle’s first chance and shot wide with his right foot after being well set up by Carroll, and Shola Ameobi blazed high and wide in the 13th minute.

WBA players appealed for a penalty when Steven Taylor challenged Luke Moore in the penalty box but the TV replays showed the striker’s tumble had nothing to do with local boy Taylor.

WBA started to get the upper hand as the game wore on and Joey Barton was even cheered by the away end as he began to warm up.

Then on 27 minutes a terrific free kick from Ryan Taylor clipped the top of the crossbar and that was a close one.

Newcastle were rallying rallied towards the end of the half, but they then conceded in the 39th minute when Albion took the lead through Martis.

Harper could only parry Jonathan Greening’s free kick to Moore, whose shot struck team-mate Jonas Olsson before falling nicley for Martis, who couldn’t miss.

Steve Harper needed treatment after getting kicked in the face by his own player, Ameobi, as he attempted to save Martis’s shot.

The hal;f time whistle blew with Newcastle trailing and then Krul came on to replace the injured Harper.

This was not Krul’s debut but it was his league debut after playing way back against Palermo in November 2006, where he again in that game was man of the match.

But it was all one-way traffic immediately after the break, with Newcastle pressing forward for the equalizer, and Smith had a shot deflected wide in the 54th minute.

And then after 54 ninutes the scores were level as Ameobi found Kevin Nolan with his back to goal, and the Liverpudlian played in Duff, who put a nice shot across Carson and into the bottom left hand corner with his right foot. He’ll be proud of that one.

But Krul had to be at his best after this to keep the scores levelr, denying Koren for a second time with another great one-handed save, prompting a chant of Krul from our travelling fans.

From then on, Hughton’s side were in the ascendancy, though Krul denied Moore in the 73rd minute, and Newcastle have top thank the young goalkeeper for an excellent second half display in which he kept a clean sheet.

Nile Ranger made his debut for the team with a couple of minutes to go.

In injury time WBA had a goal disallowed, as Olsson headed home Greening’s free-kick but the linesman flagged for offside, and then Damien Duff at the other end was denied a winner when his half volley from 20 yards out was saved by goalkeeper Carson.

All in all it was a well deserved point for the lads, with stand-in captain Alan Smith having a stellar game in midfield for the Magpies.


WBA: Carson, Olsson, Cech, Koren (Dorrans, 73), Greening, Brunt, Wood (Cox, 81), Moore, Mulumbu, Zuiverloon, Martis. Subs not used: Kiely, Barnett, Beattie, Reid, Teixeira.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Harper (Krul, 46)r R Taylor, S Taylor, Coloccini, Enrique; Gutierrez, Nolan, Smith, Duff; Ameobi, Carroll (Barton, 75). Subs not used: Kadar, Geremi, LuaLua, Xisco, Ranger.
Goals: Martis 39, Duff 55

Bookings: Coloccini 45, Nolan 85

Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral)

Attendance: 23,502

72 comments so far


    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #1

    krul deserves a medal……… a big one!!!

  • Alex

    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #2

    1-1 away against one of the promotion favorites and in my opinion we deserved a win . To say i am estatic is an understatment . Apart from colo the team today proved they have nothing to fear in this division . Lets just hope a permanent manager will be appointed quickly , For me Hughton for once proved that he is not hopeless as caretaker . Good times ahead maybe ?

  • ginkoh

    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Will we be the Draw-King again in CCC !? For this game I feel upset and want to shut down the computer when I saw the Ameobi (>”<)

    What the legend he is !!! Same as Hughton, what the plan ? he bring Ranger at injuries-time for ?

  • Rasz

    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Krul has surely caught th eye of a premiership team or two.Bad timing for a stellar performance.(If there’s such a thing)

  • Where did the good times go

    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #5

    We all realised Colo was out of his depth in the PL, but how far does he have to fall to reach his standard?

    Well done Smudge…..about time.

    I really do tip my hat to:
    Taylor (s)

    for rolling their sleeves up and wanting to stick around for the tough times……this will not be forgotten by this fan at least

  • Cooper

    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Man utd= krul as van der sar replacement

  • Rangerman

    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #7

    I thought we played well and dominated possession for large parts of the game, we could do with another quick striker coming in as Carroll and Ameobi don’t make a very good pairing (Lovenkrands?) but apart from that I think there’s reason to be optimistic about the coming season.

    If West Brom is the best this league has to offer then I fancy our chances of at least making the play offs, it was just good that we could put all of the off field distractions behind us and get down to what it’s all about.

    Alan Smith was excellent btw.

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Pleasing result 1-1 away – remember last season though.,

    2 things …
    1)When are the defenders going to realise sometimes you need to put your foot throug hthe ball – not backheel, flick etc – it may look good but they are not that good
    2)Playing passy in small triangles is what you do in training – it was like watch a bunch of 5 yr old all chasing the ball and getting closer and closer – PASS AND MOVVE is the way you get through teams. By changing the emphasis / direction you can pull the oppostion s#defence apart – amd not look a prat when a defender takes the ball leaving three players to look at each other

  • ginkoh

    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Some of PRM club will offer for Krul in last week of transfer windows, And no doubt Ashley will accept it to raise the money in his pocket !!

  • woodsee

    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Am i missing something here
    Aint anyone else livid with hughtons tac tics
    Yes Krul kept us in it,but only after the tit had changed team formation.
    WBA were there for the takin,and if there favs to go up,then im very optimistic
    But you could tell Hughton was playin for a point when we should have gone for it
    I thought Nile Ranger had a brilliant 30 seconds

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Five star Tim Krul

  • Bill F

    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #12

    To be fair to Collo he did play better in the second half, needs to be more aware of what is happening around himself. I think there is still hope for him. After all Smith was most peoples hate guy last year but he put in a real captains effort in this game, mind you some of his tackles might have been interpreted differently by another Ref. although I feel we got the worst of the decisions from him.
    Duff was excellent and I thought for a very brief moment we might have had a spiderman moment, ah well another game perhaps. Lots of good things (and bad) but overall I think we did ok. Just hope Krul is made first choice, he has an air of confidence that boosts all of the defence. The main worry for me is that we seemed to be running out of steam towards the end. Too many old legs perhaps?

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #13

    I though Carrol was really up for it today – lead the line well and never gave up – looked like he picked up a knock though:{

    Bambi on the other hand – does the impossible often and the easy never – well when i say often ……

    Agrre that Kruls performance could of been badly timed – but if its not this window its the next.

    I did not hear anti fatboy chanting – did the BBC do their normal censorship ??? Still the left the anti Shearer one in so they had something to talk about
    As for the two commentators – BIASED ??? We expect it from Lawro (the man who cant so should shut up) but they both couldnt wait to get the digs in – defensive frailties, welcome to teh Newcastle 1st team etc etc

  • UTD111

    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Krul took up where he left off in the UEFA cup – his reactions are razor sharp – no doubt fatboy will sell him to Arsenal this week……..

  • Doocey

    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Great Krul perormance.
    Smith was very good as well.
    Carroll, good fighting spirit.
    Jonas, very frustrating to say the least.
    Michael Owen – Non-existent, as if he wasn’t there.

    All round pretty decent performance against promotion favourites.

  • BT9MAG

    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m sorry to say this as I was more than impressed with him, but chill out a bit about krul please…He is an amazing shot stopper BUT he flaps far too much, he didn’t have a faultless performance! It could have easily been 4:1 due to his mistakes, at the same time it could have been 4:1 but for his class saves but don’t go over the top!

    Smith gave a captains performance today, was very impressed with him, worked hard, the accuracy of his tackles has improved 10x since the prem!

    Carroll had a quality first half and did enough running for himself and stroller combined!

    From the little time he had on the pitch Ranger showed his pace (chasing and harrying the ball) and his heading abillity when knocking a ball down for a shot in the final seconds. Deserves at least 10 minutes against Reading.

    I predicted a 1:1 and am happy with that, the game could have gone either way, we controlled possession but WBA looked the more dangerous with their fluid passing (and our dodgy defence)

  • Mick G

    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #17

    I thought the attitude of the team was 1st class,and credit where credit is due I thought Smith had a super game, and edged it as my man of the match mainly because unlike Krul he played the whole game.

  • mag180

    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #18

    hi all first ever post but just like to say smith was excellent today,showed a bit of passion and covered acres.need more strength in depth ashley probably not give us nowt to spend but hopefully things will be resolved and we fingers crossed can make some sort of challenge

  • Rangerman

    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #19

    I don’t think Hughton settled for the draw when he brought Barton on, that was the formation we’ve been playing a lot in pre season with Nolan behind the front man.


    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #20

    doocey post 15.

    Michael Owen – Non-existent, as if he wasn’t there.

    WHAT A STUPID THING TO SAY. DID YOU MEAN Michael Owen – Non-existent, as if he was there. 🙂

  • Ross

    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #21

    I know this sounds ridiculous and i’m probably in no position to say it with the state of our club, but i didnt think WBA looked anything special today. They at no point looked thoroughly dominant or streets ahead of us, it was a scrappy game and being one of our toughest games of the season, we played quite well and i was happy with the draw. Had Nolan not missed that sitter of a header it could have all been different like. Alot of the teams we play will be worse than that, but at the same time alot more physical.

    Am i the only one thinking like this?..if we could just get out bloody act together, not lose anymore players and sign a few i wouldnt be too worried like.

  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #22

    Where did the good times go

    “We all realised Colo was out of his depth in the PL, but how far does he have to fall to reach his standard?”

    Out of England and into a top Spanish/Italian team.

  • BT9MAG

    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #23

    Bill F, wouldn’t worry too much about running out of steam, even the comentators were saying it is the first game and it is to be expected!

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Ha !
    been reading all your comments previous about Barton. Perhaps you should let the stats speak in Bartons defence.
    The two WORST players on the pitch were Colo and Jonas.
    Pile of dogs dooings the both of them. maybe something more to it than just Barton being a thug. One things for sure, he does know and understand the basics of football, which these two clowns clearly dont.
    Colo is the worst CD I have ever seen. EVER.
    what an embarrasment he is. And Jonas is just full of crap. Headless chicken is spot on. Waste of space.
    You should stop hanging Barton on news stories in the media, they NEVER tell the full story. These two need a big boot up their jacksies, and if that is what Barton was trying to do then good on him.
    Next up…….The donkey.
    dont even get me started on this clown.
    Desperatly sad.
    What was the point of bringing Nile Ranger on with 6 seconds of full time to play. Should have brought Donkey off after 6 seconds.
    I give up. WTF is going on.

  • Doocey

    Aug 8, 2009 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #25

    NO F IN KINNEAR // Aug 8, 2009 at 8:53 PM

    doocey post 15.

    Michael Owen – Non-existent, as if he wasn’t there.

    WHAT A STUPID THING TO SAY. DID YOU MEAN Michael Owen – Non-existent, as if he was there.


    Maybe 😀

  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 8, 2009 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #26


    Surely he’s got enough money to get his teeth done.

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 8, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #27

    Everyone is praising Krul, for his great saves, but for me the MOM was Smithy. Dida great job as holding MF. got in some great tackles when needed. OK he could be a bit more positive with his passing etc, but overall I thought he had a good game. At least he never gave the ball away infront of goal, like Butt has done so many times.
    Keeps his place for me.

  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 8, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #28

    Lew Davies

    I agree, but however Coloccini in that position would be even better imo.

  • ToonTex

    Aug 8, 2009 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Jonas has to be able to find someone’s head eventually doesn’t he…? Ryan Taylor has to score FOR us eventually doesn’t he…? Drives me crazy.

    Well fought game though. Encouraging. Get in!

  • listie

    Aug 8, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Having watched the match, I must give the team a clap, with all the carp going on with the club at the moment, and I believe they are as much in the dark as we all are, they showed some fight and sprit, so well done.
    As was said abover a draw away to the promotion contenders with all the stuff going on is a good result, and to be honest we looked the better team for most of the match.
    Krul was good but I think some people are going a little too far, 2 of his saves he was lucky with he was going the wrong way, and the offside goal, he commited and missed badly, yes he is a talent and had a good game, but lets not go mad!
    I was so nervous all day before the game but as the game went on I settled down, and even had a bit of hope, just need to see what happens in the next few weeks, fingers crossed

  • BlacknWhite Barmy

    Aug 8, 2009 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #31

    I thought Colo played holding midfield for Argentina – could be why hes out of it at the back.
    Whilst Smiffy had one of his better games – he, with a lot of the others, let his head drop after the goal and if the goal had of been earlier in the half I think we would of let another in or got 1 sent off. Hes not a captain in my books – but to be honest who have we got who is a true leader and respected …… and no not Asbo

  • toonoholic

    Aug 8, 2009 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #32

    Lewis, spot on. perhaps smithy can be better than butt at that position as a DM.

    but no butt and smith together. that = no creativity.

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 8, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #33

    TF – please explain, as his best asset that I can see is his ability to be caught ball watching, out of position, hands on hips.
    If you think he is going to put his body on the line and get some great last gasp tackles in, then you are off your lid pal.
    I refer you to the WBA goal among many other blunders.
    Just face it he is WAY out of his depth in British football.
    The sad thing is, on that performance, we are stuck with the clown for the forseeable future. 🙁
    No way is he better than smiths showing today.

  • Where did the good times go

    Aug 8, 2009 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #34

    S.Taylor Colo Kadar
    R.Taylor Smith Nolan Barton Duff

    This division lack quality wingers so play 3 at back and with the extra time and cover Coco the Clown may well show the international player he can be!

    2 Wide wing backs in Duff and R.Taylor who are the best of a bad bunch when it comes to crosses.

    A midfield of Barton, Nolan and Smith is enough to destroy any midfield in this division.

    Jonas is the spark, cant cross, so keep him off the wing.

    Carroll or Shola up front.

    Easy this managment game!

  • Rangerman

    Aug 8, 2009 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #35

    I thought Jonas played well down the left and gave their right back a hard game, the problem he had was there was a lack of any sort of movement from the attack trying to find space or the midfield arriving late into the box.

    He’s got the same problem as last season in that he’s getting the ball and running into dangerous positions but there just isn’t the options for him.

  • Rangerman

    Aug 8, 2009 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #36

    It says a lot about some of our fans that even though they predicted certain doom this season they are still moaning even though we went to the promotion favourites and played them off the park for portions of the game.

    If you can’t be happy when we pick up good points then perhaps following ice hockey or rugby might be better.

  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 8, 2009 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #37






  • woodsee

    Aug 8, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #38

    Rangerman 18,im not bothered if thats what weve been playing pre season
    The simple fact is we were on top and looking more likely to win the game,and then he decides to stick strolla up by himself
    Negative tac tics flooding midfield.

  • simon376

    Aug 8, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #39

    Thought Krul did well, but as people have said lets not be over the top. Jonas can run but thats about. Colo is well out of it in English football. The game in Spain and Italy is so much slower. I doubt anybody will take him off our hands so it he will just be a drain on the wages budget. On the other hand, we are short in that department, so at least he is there for cover

  • simon376

    Aug 8, 2009 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #40

    And yes, I thought Houghton’s sub of Barton for Carol was very defensive. If we want promotion that’s not the way to do it.


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