Newcastle have scored 21 goals in their first 13 league games and conceded 16.
Tim Krul – in action yesterday against Cottagers
And in those 13 games Newcastle have only 4 clean sheets, but the lads have kept two clean sheets in their last three league games, so we have to hope that’s a trend, because we are conceding too many goals in the league.
22 year-old goalkeeper Tim Krul had a very good game yesterday, and seems to be getting better the more games he plays, and the Dutchman made some good saves, and although Newcastle probably deserved to take all 3 point yesterday, they just didn’t get any luck.
This is what Tim said after the game yesterday:
“Chris Hughton said he wanted a reaction from us after Wednesday, and I think we were better than Fulham, but sometimes you have to be happy with a draw,”
“Fulham are a good side and they have some great players and we must be happy. To be honest, we had our opportunities and we worked our socks off.”
“We showed the passion and we had our opportunities, but it wasn’t to be and I would rather take a point than lose, as we did on Wednesday.”
“We have to be happy with what we did. We have conceded some sloppy goals this season, so to get the first clean sheet at home is always a good thing.”
“The form we are in, we showed again on Saturday we are capable of competing with any team, and I am looking forward to going to Bolton.”
It wasn’t the first clean sheet at home – that came when we hammered Aston Villa 6-0 back in August – but it was Tim’s first clean sheet at St. James’ Park, which is quite possibly what he meant.
We have to believe we can get all 3 points at Bolton on Saturday afternoon, especially after just watching Sunderland outplay Chelsea and win 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.
So it looks like Steve Bruce has had his worst day in management for Sunderland two weeks ago, when we hammered them 5-1, and his best day in management today – all in just two short weeks.
Chelsea may have some great players, but they showed no fight or spirit after that second Sunderland goal went in early in the second half, and it was a pathetic response from most of the Chelsea players today – maybe they just couldn’t be bothered – that’s certainly what it looked like.
And fight, passion and spirit is what this Newcastle side have in spades , and we can outfight any side in the league – including Bolton Wanderers – on their home ground this coming Saturday – and if we can play near our best then we could well end up with all 3 points.
Howay The Lads!!