Tim Krul had an uncomfortable moment for the first goal last night, but will have learned a lot from his experience playing behind Sol Campbell at Chelsea.
Tim Krul – congratulated by the cool and calm Sol Campbell
Tim talked to the Evening Chronicle today about his friend Patrick van Aanholt scoring against him last night:
“I’m never going to hear the end of that one am I?” “Patrick said he would score and he did.” “The main thing is we won at Stamford Bridge and beat Chelsea.”
“It was some game to be involved in, it’s been another crazy dream night.” “It has been the maddest six days of my life.
“Your life can change very quickly.” Mine has in a few days and the reality has come up to me right in my face.”
“They hardly concede goals at home and we’ve scored four.” “I’m glad it didn’t go to extra time but we managed to fend them off.”
The first goal was a series of errors by Newcastle, with as many as three Newcastle players being culpable. Tim and Sol Campbell collided when both went for the cross from the right wing, and it was more a Krul error as Campbell had already headed the ball clear when Tim crashed into him and floored the former Arsenal player.
And then Alan Smith gave the ball straight back to Chelsea, when he had time to clear the situation, and should have.
But with youngsters in the side, we will see their errors as they gain the experience from playing the game and learning their trade, and to a large extent that will continue to happen with the Newcastle youngsters as they mature.
There will no doubt be an inquisition on that first goal, and no doubt the lads will have to sort out a few things, and we assume that will happen tomorrow, as the lads surely have earned today off, after their exploits of last night.
And we didn’t much like the way Campbell a few minutes after the first goal seemed to admonish Krul when he didn’t come out quickly enough for the ball. Hey, Tim hasn’t the 17 years of first class football that Sol has under his belt, and we would hope Sol would be more helpful with the young goalkeeper.
However, at the end of the game, there were pictures of the two defenders embracing each other in victory so all is well, and hopefully lessons will have been learned before Sunday’s home game against Stoke City – surely in front of a capacity crowd at St. James’ Park.
Krul talked about the bravery and courage of the the Newcastle players, as he continued:
“Some teams are intimidated but we had players like little Fergie come here and play like he was in training. Plus there were people like Nile and Haris who just came here and did a job.”
“Before the game we knew it was an opportunity to enjoy the night and that’s what we’ve done.”
“Now everybody will want to play in the cup games.” “I’m certainly no different, I want to play in every game for this club. It was a great night and one we’ll never forget.”
We should hear some time today how long Steve Harper will be out, but it would appear that Tim Krul will have plenty of games to stake his claim for a permanent starting position in the Newcastle side.