Pardew Criticizes Tim Krul For Saturday Malaise?


It is just us,  or is Alan Pardew this morning taking a swipe at young goalkeeper Tim Krul for the team’s terrible performance on Saturday?

Tim Krul – Pardew criticizes his poor kicking on Saturday

Alan Pardew is interviewed in the Newcastle Journal this morning,  and this is what he had to say about Saturday’s game:

“I am not taking anything away from Stevenage.” “The game plan they had worked for them, they have put us under a lot of pressure.”

“They knew we had had a tough game against Wigan and West Ham in the week. The lack of games they had served them well.”

“They used it well in both boxes, they were more aggressive than us and it was difficult.””  “We did not pass the ball well. “

“The goalkeeper had a problem kicking the ball, he seemed to be shanking a lot of kicks.”  “That was putting us under a lot of pressure.”

“That was not the sort of standard we expect from Newcastle and what I expect as a manager.”

Steve Harper’s wife was due to give birth over the weekend, and he did not travel for the game, and young Solderberg was the substitute goalkeeper, and of course Tim got another start.

Maybe we have got too used to Chris Hughton, who hardly ever criticized his players, at least never in public, but it seems that Alan does.

Pardew seems to have been annoyed at Tim Krul because of his poor kicking on Saturday, but is it right for Alan  to air this in public?

Pardew also substituted Leon Best at half-time and Peter Løvenkrands with just 12 minutes remaining in the game, but we thought both strikers found it very difficult  in the first half .

With neither player particularly great in the air,  the Stevenage center-backs were  winning almost everything in the air, and therefore our two strikers were never in the game in that first 45 minutes.

But Newcastle were also struggling big time to get a grip in central midfield, and we thought Alan should have moved quickly to 4-5-1,  because we had two strikers who were never in the game in that first half, and we should have used at least one more player in central midfield.

And maybe playing the long ball up front when Carroll and Ameobi are not in the side are not the right tactics to use.

Anyway, Alan continued:

“We had no Andy Carroll, no Shola Ameobi, our top two strikers, and we did not retain the ball at all well up front and that was a problem for us.”

“Fingers crossed at least one of those, if not both, will be back for next week. Maybe we can add to the squad too.”

“I need one, but we are working on maybe bringing two in.” “It depends on the numbers who come back from injury.”

As we said over the weekend, it doesn’t look like Alan has too much confidence in Lovenkrands and Best, who are obviously number 3 and 4 strikers at the club, although young Nile Ranger may be up there somewhere.

But he also said yesterday that he needs to see a change in attitude of young Nile Ranger in training, or else he could be out of the club.

Alan is certainly more abrasive than Chris Hughton ever was, that’s for sure, but we knew that before Alan was appointed the Newcastle manager.

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46 comments so far

  • bentoon

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Those comments dont sit well with me. He shouldnt be saying things like this to the press. Krul did a great job when Harps was injured and doesnt need the manager pushing the blame for that crap performance onto him in the press.

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  • HaZ-NUFC

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    if it wasn’t for krul it could of been 5 or 6.

    krul, colo and barton where the only 3 players that could held their heads high from the defeat.

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  • geordieal

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Krul does need to sort his kicking out tho, his distribution isn’t the best and it does cause us problems.

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  • daneevz

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #4

    they all were crap but krul was crap ud be happy for krul to keep kickin the ball to the opposition every week and nothing be said bout it i wouldnt im glad pards said somethin its not the first i done it in manc game and they scored. aslong as it constructive critisium he knws then he needs to wrk on it.

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  • daneevz

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #5

    i think we look really solid when harper in goal his connection with defence must be 10x better

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  • wiltshiretoon

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Haz: colo was to blame for 2nd goal and dropped of a player on a corner which could have proved even worse lol. TBH the players deserve a bit of critisism from the boss they were that bad. see how they react to it before i get on pardews case, think we should forget about it and focus on the makems!

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  • Whitecap

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #7

    Krul definitely had one or two poor clearances and didn’t play at his best. My only question is why single out Krul? Krul was far from the only player worthy of criticism.

    I don’t mind if he criticizes the players’ performances publicly. But he should be fair in how he deals out criticism and not single out a player when blame could be shared by several who were on the pitch that day.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #8

    I dont read much into that to be honest. Tim was having problems with his kicks, 5Live and TV commentators all said so.

    I think AP hands out public critisim and praise pretty fairly tbh.

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  • jarra geordie

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #9

    Krul’s distribution has been suspect of late but to publicly criticise the lad isn’t the right thing to do in my opinion.
    Off topic but I HATE El Hadji Diouf and thought he could sink no lower but giving the fella abuse when he’s lighing their with a potentialy carrer threatening injury, shows he has no respect for fellow pro’s and should be banned from english football

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  • daneevz

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #10

    i agree whitecap. Should have just said the whole team played sunday league rather than say kruls kicking was shite.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #11

    Villa set to offer £5M deal for Barton.

    Nigel Reo-coker + Cash.

    Erm … No Thanks!

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  • Brutooon

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #12

    without Ameobi or Carroll, in theory our untest would easily beat the top stevenage players

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  • boater

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #13

    daneevz – would it kill you to include the occasional punctuation mark? It’s just a drone otherwise.

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  • obamagic

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #14

    Fair criticism all though i’d have preferred if he kept it in house…

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  • Sinner

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #15

    I would have to agree with Pardew there.
    His service was really poor in the game,although he did make a couple of good saves.=/
    Even the Pundit said that was kinda of an embarrassment for him.
    He needs to sort that out.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #16

    Also in the news:

    ‘Campbell set for Arsenal return after being unhappy at lack of first team opportunities at Newcastle”

    Think that is being a bit harsh on us, Campbell came to us as an unfit Fat tw@, to be fair he still is.
    Not only that but he has been injured most of the time anyway.

    No sad loss if he leaves.

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  • jarra geordie

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #17

    thats should be lying their**

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  • beegee90

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #18

    Newcastle just seem to concede far more goals when Krul is keeping and cant work out why. We concede 2 goals every game on average when Krul starts. Not taking a swipe though because struggle to think what he could have done about 95% of them

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #19

    @ beegee90 // Jan 10, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    You can extend that mystery to the back 3 of Collo, Willo and Krul.

    Dunno if its just Collo and Willo cant play together or there is a communication problem, something strange with them 3.

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  • carrollsinger

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #20

    Only player I thought looked like trying was simmo and Barton but maybe just me other then that the whole team were crap

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #21

    I must say Im worried today.

    Yesterday Manure were linked with a deal for Enrique, today them rumours persist along with Sir Alex now coming out and saying he wants to add 1 player in this window.

    OH NO!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #22

    You have to love the news yesterday that AP had told the team to sleep for 3 days.

    When did he tell them this, Friday?

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  • beegee90

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #23

    Seems that a lot of people get on Saylors back but i personally much prefer him to Williamson. When Saylor and Harper are there the communication is much improved.

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  • GEORDIE69

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #24

    Pardew is wrong to use, ‘my players tired’ as that is a crap excuse! He should of said, ‘a lot of my players are not good enough for Newcastle United.’ He is correct in saying that Tim Krul’s kicking put us under lots of pressure though, but he forgets to mention that Smith put us under a hell of alot more with his performance. Oh and what about Williamson,Perch,Routledge,Lovenkrands,Best and Co?

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  • Lynxie

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #25

    Routledge played like he was asleep, and indeed in the middle of a nightmare, with big defenders constantly taking the ball off the incompetent pigmy.
    Lovenkrands was obviously ‘tired’, as the Stevenage defenders were a million times better than West Ham’s, therefore he couldnt have a kick of the ball. Smith was asleep after his stupid first quarter of an hour (as usual) booking, which made the rest of his (usual) short appearance just a sleep walk.
    Perch was snoozing for most of the game, but to be fair, he has been in a coma since we signed him. Lets hope they all have a nice strong coffee next Sunday morning. Battle cry, bring on the Mackems. Cowards and shit bags need not apply.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 10, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #26

    I dont really understand, like Tiote, why Best started, he clearly was not fit and should not have been included.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 10, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #27

    Why should long ball be the way to play when carroll and shola are playing ?

    They are better than that and can play on the deck.

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  • leedodd

    Jan 10, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #28

    At the end of the Day the Whole team were to Blame. We were shattered out there Tim wasn’t Tired he just isn’t the Goalkeeper for us he should be out on Loan and Forster in Goal . When Harper is in goal he organises the back 4 when he is out we are crap. Tim Just Hasn’t Got the Presence. Why Wasnt Ferguson brought on from the start ?? he kicked arse against Wet ham !!

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  • mick70

    Jan 10, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #29

    leedodd is right about Forster also it is about time a nufc manager stood up and commented on players individual performances. If Krul ,Best, Lovenkands hear or read his comments then that should surely make them think ‘ i’ll show you ya bastard’ , and spur them on. If my boss says your sales are shit i take it on board and do something about it

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  • Nufcboy88

    Jan 10, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #30

    I dont think tim is the most reliable keeper, hopefully with time he will be but this was not his fault. Pardews tactics were baffling, i dont no wat he was thinking changing the formation at half time? i felt like he was saying were gonna ajust as we cant cope. And was the a reason behind bring best off anyone?

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  • Lynxie

    Jan 10, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #31

    mick70:
    I have just spoken to your boss, he says your sales are shit.

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  • Lynxie

    Jan 10, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #32

    Mick70:
    Re: your sales.
    The captain of almost every boat that has them on board, is far from happy with them. lol.

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  • Lynxie

    Jan 10, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #33

    Nufcboy88 @30:
    He was tired, didnt you hear Pardews explanation? He has played one and a half games in 10 months man, the lad must be shattered.

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  • toonoholic

    Jan 10, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #34

    unfortunately tim krul needs some experience. i was personally happy to see harper back.
    harper may not be as skilled as young krul, but krul makes some mistakes that the veteran would never make.

    the third goal of stevanage is a classic example. Krul stepped out but harper would never have done that

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  • slazberger

    Jan 10, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #35

    since the game pardew has mentioned our fowards didnt hold up the ball, our bigger players as he called them such as loven, routledge , barton and nolan didnt pass well and now krul ha shad a mention for his poor kicking.

    how is this targeting one player?

    and ED make your mind up, do you want pardew to make excuses or critisise the players you cant have it both ways

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  • gorskino10

    Jan 10, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #36

    He didnt say that did he? WOW what a guy Pardew is nice to your face then slags you off behind you back to the papers, this will be good for morale everyday alan ripping into our players, last 2 have been Ranger now its Krul im sorry but Tim couldnt of done anything to stop that and his kicking was fine compaired to Harper at west ham who scuffed EVERY easy kick. the team as a whole were terrible not just individuals.

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  • jesus was a geordie

    Jan 10, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #37

    Nout wrong with that in my opinion, Krul clearly responds well under pressure (WBA/Parlermo) and pointing out his kicking was suspect, which jesus christ, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to acknowledge will motivate him and keep him conscious of it…It’s not the first time it’s let us down either.

    Besides, he didn’t just single out Krul, he said our forwards didn’t hold up possesion well enough – which they didn’t!

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  • slazberger

    Jan 10, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #38

    gorskino10 – how do you know this is done behind the players backs? do you honestly think he hasnt give them a good rollicking in the dressing room for there preformance?

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  • shearer4pm

    Jan 10, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #39

    i think its more of a critisism of the pitch rather than krul. i dont think any manager has ever come out and singled out a single player for a defeat. its normally a poor team result. i dont think this is a comment about krul and if it is i think its out of frustration.

    also im from down south and when cant get up to newcastle i go see yeovil town. and a couple of seasons ago we had leon best on loan from southampton, he scored 10 goals in 15 games in league one. he can more than cut it at that level and i believe he should have been given more time in that match.
    but he’s going from peoples reserve teams to a first team regular on here. after a terrific performance against a poor team. just lets not expect to much

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  • connor_nufc

    Jan 10, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #40

    krul only concedes goals cause the shots always take massive defelctions its happened agasint city, liverppool, chelsea and stevenage

    not his fault its the defenders for not stopping the shots properly

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