Lee Clark, the Huddersfield manager, was Reserve team manager at St James’s Park when Krul emerged, to put in a terrific performance against Palermo in the UEFA Cup three years ago, and kept a clean sheet.
Tim Krul - big chance tonight
And Krul was unbeaten last season when Carlisle United won 3-0 at the start of Clark’s reign as Huddersfield manager.
Krul told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I think it’s going to be a good test – Huddersfield are doing well with Lee Clark.” “I heard him say they are the underdogs, but I think he wants to win it.”
“I played against him with Carlisle last year. We beat them 3-0 and he wasn’t too happy about that – he didn’t want to speak to me!” “He took the reserves here with Terry McDermott, and I think he’s going to be a good manager.”
“Huddersfield’s a good club, but hopefully they have an off day.”
Krul will be making only his second start at Newcastle, and his third appearance at senior level tonight.
And Tim has yet to let in a goal in the games he’s played for Newcastle, having stormers at Palermo in November, 2006, and then again in the second half in our first game of the season at WBA.
“I came as a young boy (note: he was 17 when he signed back in 2005 when Souness was manager), and the last few years have been a learning curve for me.”
“It’s been a really important four years, and I think I’ve been building up for this kind of game.” “Hopefully, I can impress and we can go through to the next round.”
“It’s always good to be busy – I’d rather be busy than standing still for 90 minutes.” “As a goalkeeper, you want to keep clean sheets for as long as possible, and it would be fantastic if I could keep another clean sheet.”
“I’ve played at St James’s for the reserves and against Leeds (in pre-season), and I know what’s expected.” “Hopefully, a good crowd will come to watch. I’ve played in the UEFA Cup and the Championship, and now it’s the Carling Cup, and it will be nice to make my home debut in an official game.”
“I’ll just see what happens.”
This is a big chance for the lad, and he’s got a chance to stake a claim again for the first team goalkeeper jersey on Tyneside.