Smith And Nolan Challenge Newcastle Youngsters

The Newcastle young guns didn’t deliver much at all on Tuesday night, and Newcastle are rightly out of  the Carling Cup in a tie we would have been expected to get through quite easily.


Tim Krul – kids will learn

But it was a stark reminder to Newcastle’s youngsters of the standards expected if they are to make the big shift up into the first team.

And it seems that Newcastle leaders Alan Smith and Kevin Nolan after the game reminded the lads, that this is the standard of the league and that’s what they should remember every day in training.

Tim Krul, almost a veteran on Tuesday at 21, talked in length about the game yesterday:

“The young lads will bounce back from this no problem,” “They are all strong characters who want to go on and do well in the game. It is a great learning curve for them, just as it is for me.”

” You have to be strong. They won’t be sitting with their heads down for the rest of the week – they will be out on the training field training get better.”

“You have to look yourself in the mirror and ask what you could have done better. They will certainly have learned more from that match than they would from ten reserve games. The more games you can play, the better you will become.”

“It will have showed the young lads exactly what the standard is like in the Championship. From that point of view, it was a worthwhile exercise. “

“Having played in a game like this, they know what they have to be prepared for if they are called upon in the league. They have to be ready for these kind of games, so it was a good experience for them.”

“Now they know what they are up against. I remember my first game in the first team and it was a really eye-opening experience.”

“I thought they did quite well considering. People were making mistakes, but that will happen when the pressure is on. The pressure was on from Peterborough’s first attack, but people will get used to dealing with that in the future.”

“Both Alan Smith and Kevin Nolan came back in the changing room and said, ‘Listen, this is the standard of this league – everybody knows about it now. This is what you have to train for in the week’.”

“It was a busy night, busier than I expected it to be really. I don’t know how many shots they had on target, but it certainly felt like a lot. It’s a shame we are out, because I was really looking forward to a long cup run.”

It was a tough game for many of the lads, with only Tim Krul and James Tavernier coming out with any credit.

We know all about Tim Krul, so it was only James whose star rose a little on Tuesday night, and his interview yesterday with Newcastle United TV showed what a great down to earth kid this Bradford-born player is.

We look for the 17 year-old to make  a few more appearances in the first team this year.

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far

  • premier

    Sep 24, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Perhaps Smith could also pass on some goal scoring tips to the young uns

  • Toon Graeme

    Sep 24, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Tuesday performance aside can I just reflect on West Brom away back in August about Krul.

    Awesome performance and well deserved the chorus of Timmy Timmy Krul – Timmy Timmy Krul! He looked genuinely touched when he came over to the army in the corner.

    Just thought I would reminisce in days gone by!

  • Davey Falcus

    Sep 24, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #3


    How about something a little constructive, rather than constantly p***ing on our chips?

    Your cracks s***!


    It’s good that they’ve went in there to fire them up rather than making them feel useless by berating them. It was a nightmare first start for some of them but I’m sure they will bounce back and eventually become valuable first teamers..


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