Most Newcastle fans will be happy with the away point at WBA yesterday, after so much rubbish has gone on at the the club during the summer months.
Tim Krul - 4 top drawer saves from the 21 year-old
And the high point for Newcastle fans is that they saw the number one goalkeeper at the club over the next several years, once he can finally wrestle the number one jersey from Steve Harper.
Krul, the Dutch U21 Interntaional made 4 awesome saves during the second half to keep Newcastle in the game, and coupled with his undoubted love of the Newcastle club, he will soon be a fan favorite on Tyneside.
The save after 47 minutes when he was down with lightning spped to turn a low shot around the post was such an important save because if we had gone down 2-0 at that point it would have been very difficult to come back.
Chris Hughton must have been saved with the fighting spirit of the side, lacking for most of last season, as he commented on Krul’s performance:
“He was excellent.” “He was certainly busier than we would have liked him to be, but two saves in particular were top class.”
“A testament to some of the work that’s gone into the young man.” “We’ve always been aware that he’s a talented young keeper.”
At the end of the game it was good to see goalkeeping coach Paul Barron embrace the youngster, who was all smiles because he knew he had played such an important play in the Newcastle draw.
It’s not often we have had any good news at the club this summer, so we’ll savor Tim’s performance and the general good play of the lads yesterday, particularly in the second half, when we looked a half decent side.
We were more than happy at the performance of the lads, but now we need to beat Reading at home this coming Saturday.
Maybe the lads can reverse things from last season and do their talking on the pitch – that would be great!