Tim Krul In For The Game Of His Life Tonight


Tim Krul will play his 20th game of the season tonight against Manchester United.

Tim Krul – 20th game for Newcastle tonight

And Tim will get another big chance to impress his manager Alan Pardew, and at the same play for the last time against his Dutch idol, Edwin van der Saar, who played 130 times for the Netherlands and has so far played 812 club games in his absolutely outstanding career.

Tim couldn’t ask for a better game to come back into goal for Newcastle, and of course it will be the very last time he can play against the great Edwin van der Saar, who is retiring at the end of this season at 40 years of age, and still looking like a world-class goalkeeper.

What a career this Dutchman has had,  and he’s certainly a great role model for young Tim, who of course is also Dutch.

Tim Krul talked to the local Newcastle press corps today:

“You know that even when you’re on the bench you are always just a heartbeat away from the action.” “One minute you can be in the reserves and the next you are out there in a big game.”

“It’s important to be ready and show the manager what I can do.” “I’ve enjoyed playing in the Premier League so much, like playing Chelsea and Liverpool at home.”

“I can’t wait for the next period in the goal.” “A couple of years ago I waited for Edwin in the tunnel and he took me to one side and had a 20-minute chat.”

“He gave me lots of advice and told me to go out on loan which I did.” “It was good advice and it’s great to hear it from your idol.”

Alan Pardew will need to choose between Tim Krul and Fraser Forster in the summer, as to who will be the back-up goalkeeper to Steve Harper,  always assuming Steve will continue as the number one goalkeeper at Newcastle next season.

The other lad will be sent out on loan, and that’s likely to be Fraser Forster, because the last thing Fraser wants to do is sit on the bench at Newcastle, after playing 82 games out on loan in the last couple of seasons for Bristol Rovers (4), Norwich City (42) and Glasgow Celtic (36).

Alan Pardew has come out and said th has every faith in Tim Krul’s abilities:

“I’ve got no doubts about Tim – none at all – and the sort of work he’s been doing on the training ground will suit this particular game, because he’s going to get 10 shots at goal.”

“He’s been doing lots of work in and around the goal.” “I think sometimes for a goalie when you come in at home against one of the lesser teams, and you’ve got to concentrate.”

“Your positional play is probably more awkward than a game like Man United, where it’s all action, and you’re in the game all the time.” “It’s a good game to come into.”

Unless the Newcastle players can play the game of their lives tonight, we just cannot see the Magpies winning this game, but it’s still a very important game, because Newcastle are in a bit of a slump right now, only 4 points from the last 5 games, and every point is still precious, and we are still not safe from the drop yet.

We’d be delighted with a draw tonight.

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62 comments so far

  • gorskino10

    Apr 19, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #1

    “Steve will continue as the number one goalkeeper at Newcastle next season.” Hopefully not, if prefer to keep the new generation than hold on to the old, if we get rid of Krul it would be stupid and losing Forster who could become the next England Main keeper in few years time! why sell GOOD english talent, tbh Harper should be a backup next year.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Apr 19, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #2

    common NUFC common KRUL

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  • bennyboy

    Apr 19, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #3

    its gonna be hard to keep 3 keepers happy next year,personally i would play 1 of the young keepers next year with harps as back up, still around to guide and piont krul/forster in the right direction. gonna go for 1-1 tonite. cmon the toon…

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 19, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #4

    In order for forster to be england keeper Hart would have to have a dramatic fall from grace which I don’t think will happy. He might get 3rd choice at a push.

    If he moves to scotland he has no hope. If he stays with us he will have a shout.

    Am happy Krul gets to play against his hero tonight tho. Wrap harper in wool for the important games. Same with Shola imo

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  • wynsleap

    Apr 19, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Have to agree (again) with Gorskino.
    The future of this club is a youthful Forster and Krul (still not certain which is the best yet).
    I don’t think Harper should be a sentimental, automatic choice because of his steady loyalty whilst Shay was here.
    Possibly we are at the point when we should be saying, “Thank you for your efforts Steve but maybe it’s time to move on”?

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  • PoolieToon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #6

    There is nothing wrong with Harper as a keeper. The only bad game he’s had was Stoke and so what? the full team were rubbish. Just recently he has stopped the Everton and Villa from being joke scorelines and i think because of the decade he spent on the bench as Given’s backup, we should give him the respect a quality keeper deserves after waiting for so long to get the no.1 shirt and performing well.

    and im sick to death of hearing about our youngsters (outfield as well). Just because they MIGHT become great in the future does not mean that they will win us games now and we are not. Thats also the reason why we need 6 or 7 new players to give our squad strength in depth because the people who fill in (and indeed some of the people who start) just arent good enough fot the PL.

    the logic of making Harper backup is insane. Its like saying why don’t we keep Collo on the bench because Kadar might be excellent one day

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 19, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #7

    I disagree with moving harper on simply to replace him with someone younger…neither Krul or Forster are good enough to take over from him yet.

    Krul needs to go out on loan and Forster needs to understand the prem league by being Harpers understudy. Harper is a damn good keeper give him another season easy reassess next year imo

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  • daneevz

    Apr 19, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #8

    what rubbish Harper 10x better than the pair of them!!

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  • PoolieToon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #9

    I wonder if we still had Given in goal u would still want to give this ”English talent” a chance.

    What a crock of sh!t

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  • Crawfordladd17

    Apr 19, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #10

    We have 1 great keeper and 2 that will be great in the furture

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  • ochytoon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Talking of Given, does anyone have respect for him any more. It was clear he wanted to leave but to abandon us half way through the season I thought was disgraceful.

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 19, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Very true poolietoon if it was given not harps we would be telling forster learn his place

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  • DerkaSayWhat

    Apr 19, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #13

    PoolieToon piss off mate,if you dont like someone view or opinion you dont have a right to abuse it.

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 19, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #14

    @ochytoon personally I will always respect Given he did more for NUFC then so many and he stayed with us for a long time always giving his all. And I hope rumours are true and he will move to arsenal and get a trophy next season

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #15

    Curbishley and Paul walsh giving an easy 0-3 to Man U tonight.
    I hope they are wrong

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  • Andy

    Apr 19, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #16

    http://www.blogonthetyne.co.uk/2011/04/geordie-fans-take-heed-after-b.html? interesting read there about Benny going to a ‘Heed match. Shows there still are some football players who love the game and not mercenaries

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  • bennyboy

    Apr 19, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #17

    given will always be remembered fondly by me anway,he was great

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  • USGeordie

    Apr 19, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #18

    In all honesty, Goalkeeping is all about experience. Most of the outstanding goalkeepers right now in the top leagues are all either late 20’s or somewhere in their 30’s. Experience brings better positioning and prediction. When we had Krul in earlier in the season his positional play was horrible, which was why we let in so many goals. Sure he’s a great shot stopper and he moves quickly, but he doesn’t have the experience that is needed right now. Harper’s positional play is excellent. Our goals against us have been far fewer since he came back into the game. I definitely really like Krul and Forster but they are no where near ready for this level yet. If they were, Krul would have learned his positions much faster when he was in net for us for an extended time while Harper was out. Instead, I saw very little improvement throughout his time in net.

    Harper for another 1 – 2 years.

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #19

    its gotts be forster no1 keeper next year with harps on the bench and krul goin on loan for the season
    harper good servant n good shot stopper but thats were it ends forster n krul are way better than harper

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #20

    plus fraser forster has won one the league with norwich n is on course to win the league with celtic n his last 2 seasons he gotta b no1

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Apr 19, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #21

    Harper is a mediocre Keeper

    Ferguson will be unhappy that Tim Krul is in goal tonight .

    Every time I post on here telling you that Harper is mediocre I get it in the neck from a good few

    I respect Harpers loyalty , But we wont win points for that

    Tim Krul is the best Keeper at the club and I have been saying this all season.

    When we come up against any club in the prem the opposing manager will know our weak spots.. and one of them is Harper .

    He might pull off the odd save now and again ..But he has some real bad games and a distinct lack of concentration . He dislikes going for crosses ..said so himself… and his shot stopping is fractious .. he is Average .

    You will see the difference this evening when Tim Krul gets his chance .
    If Im wrong please feel free to come here tonight and have a pop .

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #22

    Harps has been brilliant and although the 2 other lads are fine goalies they aint really at that consistant standard but it looks good for the future.
    Now just to sort out all the other positions 🙂
    Especially up front!!
    Shay Given was brill and that`s it,respect to you Shay.
    He had enough after the Pool game if i remember right-fed up with half decent players around him.

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  • ochytoon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #23

    @ WWJBD

    No doubt Given gave his all for us but I was disappointed when he left mid way through the season. I wouldn’t have minded if he’d left in the summer although I wish him all the best and hope he wins a trophy not with Man Shitty though

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #24

    online guy ya spot on with everyhing u said there but id say its a straight fight for no1 between krul n forster high rate both of them really highly

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  • Andy

    Apr 19, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #25

    davybtoon i totally disagree with you mate, having watched Forster numerous times this season he is not that good! He is big but he never comes for crosses, is slow to get down and his kicking is pretty suspect. He is only looking average because he is playing for a potential championship winning side! Celtic fans still don’t seem to be convinced by him. Krul is the better keeper and will go on to be a top class keeper imo, Forster will never be as good as Given was or as Krul will be

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 19, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #26

    @ochytoon its a fair point that he left at a bad time but I think he was just sick of the people who were around him not pulling their weight plus he was getting on and he deserves some medals for his quality. Something he realised wasent going to happen with us. He saw a oppertunity to go to a club on the up certain to win trophies and am ok with that personally. I hold no bad will towards him for his choice

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #27

    andy – u described harper perfectly there only u were talkin bout forster

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  • ochytoon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #28

    @ WWJBD

    Yh I guess your right but I just felt a little betrayed when it happened.

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  • WWJBD

    Apr 19, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #29

    @ochytoon
    Yeah I can understand that. But am sure he still holds a lot of love for this club and I wouldn’t mind him back to train our youth keepers.

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  • ColdSnap

    Apr 19, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #30

    Lets hope krul has another night like he did in his debut at palmero a few years back. he was immense that night

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  • Billy1985

    Apr 19, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #31

    harper should become a player coach so he can always be there for back up doing that could let him play for longer and let the two young keepers do their job somebody said both are good english talent but only forster is english lol. krul is my number 1 for us he will be ok tonight but if we do manage to get a point i thinkl we will be lucky

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  • PoolieToon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #32

    Derka my opinion was that it was a crock of shit, so you arent giving mine respect MATE

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #33

    Sunderlands keeper Gordon out for 6 months 🙂

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  • ToonBry

    Apr 19, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #34

    Harper is a good keeper but as one of you said before, he is only average at best these days. He is far to slow at diving and his response to second saves is very poor. He’s slow to leave the ground and can’t jump anywhere near as high or far as he used to AND you can see he does NOT like to dive on his bad shoulder. He hates coming for crosses which he’s admitted and rarely comes for them and when he does he usually messes them up. Overall he’s too slow and fragile and his no-fear attitude that all goalies need has completely gone.

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  • ochytoon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #35

    In other news, reports coming out of Spain that Perotti is to leave the club. SSN have listed the heavily linked clubs as Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle. Everton sure as hell can’t afford the £10-12 million quoted so is it us or Tottenham?

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Apr 19, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #36

    Hopefully not the game of his life…

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  • ochytoon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #37

    Sorry, meant Liverpool not Tottenham

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  • Carl92

    Apr 19, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #38

    http://www.talksport.co.uk/sports-news/football/premier-league/transfer-rumours/6681/9/newcastle-and-everton-battle-psv-ace This would be quality, in my opinion hes a lot better than perotti. Its just a rumour though.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Apr 19, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #39

    TOONBRY

    Thats exactly my thoughts on Harper . you summed it up perfectly.

    Iv been saying this most season and he’s been costing us points..

    He is cautious, but in a real nervous fashion.

    He Is a great bloke so no malice intended here and he might well of been playing while not fully fit ..Shoulder and knee etc… slow to get down as you say and really indicisive at crosses

    And if he’s not been fit then that would explain and answer a few questions as regards his Keeping

    But it’s been glaringly obvious to me most of the season and Im sure other managers have spotted this..the likes of Stoke and the
    high/long/dead ball/ merchants have had a field day against us.

    You are highly accurate in your assessment ..Spot on in fact.

    Tim Might have some work to do tonight , but watch how many good saves he makes where you would not expect him to ..

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 19, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #40

    Who is gonna go down????
    Would love ED to do a story on it.
    Will it be Wigan,Blackburn,Blackpool,Wolves,Stoke,Birmingham,Sunderland or the Hammers?????
    What do you think?

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