Tim Krul had another good game on Saturday and made some very good saves to keep Liverpool from adding to their single goal.
Kuyt gets Liverpool goal after Newcastle mess up
And Tim could do nothing with the sloppy goal Newcastle let in, that seemed to be a bad Sol Campbell mistake.
Since he came on for the injured Steve Harper at Everton, Tim has played all 14 games after that, and has never let the Newcastle side down, and hasn’t made too many mistakes either, although obviously the lad is still learning.
His displays since Everton have done nothing to dampen the prospect of him becoming the future Newcastle goalkeeper, and he is certainly a very good goalkeeper, who is still improving.
Harper of course was back on the Newcastle substitutes bench for the game against Liverpool, and the 35-year-old seems almost fully fit and probably just needs some match practice before he is completely ready.
This is what Tim said about the competition and pressure he is now under:
“It’s going to be a nice fight because Steve, of course, is a friend of mine as well,” “We’re just going to fight for it and see who wins.”
“I think we both had chances on Saturday” “They had some chances and I’m just glad we walked away with the three points.” “Luck has been against us and today it went for us and we scored some great goals.”
“The lads dug deep and it was fantastic to get a win. Hopefully we’ll move one way – and that’s up. It’s what the fans deserve.”
It was truly a water-shed game and a great win for Newcastle on Saturday – you could see that by Roy Hodgson’s face during the last 10 minutes – and he almost rubbed his face away at one point. 😀
Because Tim had such a good game last Saturday, there’s no reason not to keep him between the sticks, especially since Alan knows he has to bring through the youngsters on Tyneside – a key part of his job, which he seems to be very enthusiastic about.
It will be interesting to see how many games Tim now gets in the team – but he has gained valuable experience for Newcastle this season – there’s little doubt about that, and has done his career no harm at all on Tyneside.
We’ll just have to see who is the number one at the end of the season.
Our guess would be Steve Harper, but of course we’ve been wrong before – one or two times. 😀