Tim Krul Will Learn A Lot From Chelsea Experience

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.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • slazberger

    Sep 23, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #1

    i didnt think the krul/campbell clash had anything to do with the goal to be honest as campbell’s header went to a newcastle player. although krul may feel he may have done better with the shot

    also smith did not give the ball away, he passed it to ranger who then tried to take on a chelsea player and lost it

  • derekm

    Sep 23, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #2

    sol campbell has every right to admonish krul if he is’nt happy with something the youngster does wrong – his haul of medals and caps give him the right to do this! How else will Krul learn at he sharp end? I remember a certain manu goalie roaring his disapproval at his defenders all the time as they won countless trophies.

  • G

    Sep 23, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Slaz, I think it might have had a bit of a psychological effect on him, however, every keeper gets an attack of the wobbles now and again. Statisticaly speaking TK should be the safest pair of hands in the town for a good while now. The kid has a big future, and I am sure the other keepers will be backing him to the hilt.

  • Toontastico

    Sep 23, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Agree Derekm Sol does have the right to do this its all part of the 90 minutes.

    In fairness Slaz the Sol/Krul collision did have to do with the goal – Krul could have gathered it safely, Cambell wouldnt have been regaining his position, Smith shouldnt have played a bit of a dangerous pass and Ranger should have just cleared it with a man on top of him.

    But lets not split hairs – it was a quality performance and a great win – lets hope we get a favourable draw in the next round then the quarters will await!

  • slazberger

    Sep 23, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #5

    fair enough toontastico.

    i just felt the need to defend smith on that one, as it seems like no matter what happens there are a couple of players who people seem to look to blame, such as shola, smith and perch

  • Hugo_Viana

    Sep 23, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #6

    My team for Sunday against Stoke would be:







    I believe thats our A-Team, Perch is too clumsy, we’ve had too much of them (Bramble)

  • MacToon

    Sep 23, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Another who thinks we should fiel a 10 man team 😉

  • MacToon

    Sep 23, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #8

    lol…. miss count soz 😆

  • MacToon

    Sep 23, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #9

    I’d still put Barton in though!

  • Hugo_Viana

    Sep 23, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #10

    who needs Barton when you’ve got a rock like tiote!

  • MacToon

    Sep 23, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #11

    We need Barton! Two different types tbh.

    I’d easily build around Barton and make sure Arfa and Tiote were in there too.

  • neeraj

    Sep 23, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Carlo’s comment made my day: –

    Carlo said “the League Cup was not Chelsea’s priority”
    Credit to CH and the team to bring out such a reaction from Carlo……

  • Reacher

    Sep 23, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #13

    Krul has undoubted ability and a kind of natural confidence that many players can only dream of. Despite that early clash with Big Sol, he did calm down and looked particularly assured for the rest of the game.

    I really hope he takes this opportunity, albeit in circumstances he wouldn’t have wished for, and establishes himself as our first-choice keeper.

    And I’m sure everyone will agree that last nights result, while extremely enjoyable, won’t count for much if we do not beat Stoke on Sunday. Huge game.

  • tdt

    Sep 23, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #14

    NUFC v Stoke:




    Jonas———-Nolan———–Ben Afra


    Sub: Young Keeper, Williamson, Perch, Smith, Routledge, Lovenkrands, Ameobi.

  • Davies

    Sep 23, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #15

    I’d go with that TDT, but to be fair, Perch and Taylor are interchangeable at RB. Both have their faults in that position.

    Also, I’d like to know if Perch can get six yellows in six games!!! I do like RT to be on the pitch for those dead balls. I knew as soon as the free kick was awarded last night that he would take it and that he would score from it. Good lad. Deserves more credit than he gets.

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 23, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #16

    Could someone tell this thicko (me) why the league cup is called the Carling Cup and not the Barclays Cup?

  • MacToon

    Sep 23, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #17

    GG, sponsorship ?

  • GeordieTartanArmy

    Sep 23, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #18

    shola desrves a start in league – best would be at home
    team for stoke:

    Raylor Willo Colo Jose
    Rout Tiote Barton BenArfa
    Carrol Shola

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 23, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #19

    MacToon, sponsorship question or sponsorship answer?

  • Toonboy_84

    Sep 23, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #20

    It will be a kick in the balls for strolla if he doesn’t get a start on sunday after that performance. Another big decision for CH to make.

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 23, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #21

    GeordieTartanArmy, Think I’d put Jonas in place of Routledge. Other than that nice attacking team.

  • toonster88

    Sep 23, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #22

    toonboy@84..but thats the good part…players fighting for places and earning them.now whoever CH drops(should he take shola)gonna out to his arse to be in the first team.end result is a very fighting and stronger newcastle team

  • toonster88

    Sep 23, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #23

    gonna work***

  • neeraj

    Sep 23, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #24

    I am happy that i dont have to do a team selection on Saunday 🙂

    I think the way CH plays, 5-man midfield is important, considering the our wing-backs coming forward and our wingers cutting inside into more of a central att midfield role…..

    I think Shola can also play on the right, considering he likes to go wide…..

    but i think GeordieTartanArmy ‘s team is probably one of the best we can put out

  • moonraker

    Sep 23, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #25


    This cup is sponsored by Carling not Barclays! When it was first introduced in about 1958, it was called the league cup and it didn’t have a recognised sponsor. It was open to all Football league teams, unlike the FA cup which is an open to all FA teams from all English leagues.

    It was at one time sponsored by the milk marketing board and was known as the Milk cup and has had several different sponsors over the years.

    Hope I havn’t bored anyone who read this!!!

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 23, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #26

    GeordieTartanArmy and neeraj, just realised something. Nolan is missing. CH won’t start without his captain.

  • moonraker

    Sep 23, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #27

    It’s nice to have all these selection problems! 🙂

  • baro

    Sep 24, 2010 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #28

    Tim Krul is our #1 GK for the next 10 years. Steven Harper (GET WELL SOON) is just not up to it in the Premier League. He has really bad reflexes, but excellent kicking. Tim Krul is very flexible and super energetic all throughout the game. Future Van Der Sar.

  • Ciaran Thomas

    Sep 24, 2010 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #29

    We cant drop Kevin Nolan for no reason im sorry,Kevin Nolan has start this season on fire with two goals ! hes a great captain,Hes got respect from all the players,So why drop him ?

    Shola is in form but we cant drop him from Kevin Nolan…….. Maybe around the 60 mins mark I would Put on Shola for Kevin Nolan 🙂

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 24, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #30

    / KRUL \
    / \
    –| |–
    | 26 |

    ________ ________ ________ ________
    / RAYLOR \ / COLLO \ / WILLO \ / BULL \
    / \ / \ / \ / \
    –| |– –| |– –| |– –| |–
    | 16 | | 02 | | 06 | | 03 |
    |______| |______| |______| |______|

    / TIOTE \
    / \
    –| |–
    | 24 |
    ________ ________ ________
    / JONAS \ / NOLAN \ /BEN ARFA\
    / \ / _\ / \
    –| 18 |– –| |– –| |–
    | | | 04 | | 37 |
    |______| |______| |______|

    ________ ________
    / \ / \
    –| |– –| |–
    | 23 | | 09 |
    |______| |______|

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 24, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #31



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