Tim Krul had a very good game at the Emirates on Sunday, and made one terrific save just 5 minutes before Andy Carroll put Newcastle ahead – for good, and we picked up all 3 points.
Tim Krul celebrating with Danny Simpson after win at Arsenal
And since then Newcastle have been receiving lots of praise for that performance, and also for their fine start to the season, where we have 17 points from our first 11 games, which is the same points total big Sam Allardyce had at Newcastle three years ago, after 11 games.
But with Sam, Newcastle then lost two of their next three games, losing 3-0 at home to Liverpool, and then 2-1 away at Reading after drawing 1-1 at Sunderland.
Tim Krul is starting to come through well, and this run in the first team will do him the world of good, although his experience shows through now and then, like when he doesn’t come out for some balls, but that will be cured by experience, as he gets more games in the first team. Tim’s still only 22, which is very young for a goalkeeper these days.
There’s no doubt Tim played his part in the Newcastle win on Sunday, and of course he looked so much better than his counter-part Lukasz Fabianski, and the mystery at Arsenal, is why has Wenger not signed a top-class goalkeeper?
Shay Given is available in January, and Shay would be very good money spent by Arsene, but we’ll have to wait and see if Arsenal address their long standing goalkeeping situation in January.
Tonight’s game with Blackburn will not be an easy one, and it would be so easy for the lads to slip up, but Tim seems to echo the sentiments of his manager Chris Hughton, as he said today:
“It is back to reality again.” “Blackburn at home poses a difficult test.” “We have seen what teams are going to come to do at Newcastle this season.”
“Blackpool, Stoke and Wigan showed this category of game is going to be hard.” “The pressure is on us again, so we need to be up for it. “We have been out and celebrated winning at Arsenal, but now it is back to work.”
“We have been on a high – it was Dreamland at Arsenal.” ““To beat Sunderland 5-1 was something else, but then to have a win at Arsenal straight after was incredible.”
“Not too many people expected it.” “We know are aims and we’re focused on them.” “We are not scared of anybody, but we must approach each game on its merits.”
Good teams produce the goods week in and week out, game in and game out, and we know it’s a bit of a cliche – but it’s so true.
So we’ll get a chance to see how good and professional Newcastle United are tonight, although they certainly seem to be improving as the season progresses, and they seem to be learning from each game played.
Another win tonight will be just fantastic, and could even take us up to 4th place in the league, and if we can get all 3 points tonight, we’ll still need to forget all about it, when we take on Fulham on Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park.
It’s all about consistency now for Newcastle, because they’ve shown a number of times already this season, that they can play very well indeed, and can be as good as any top team, on their day.