Alan Pardew has rightly come out today and praised Tim Krul, the Newcastle goalkeeper last night.
Tim Krul’s magnificent save from Hernandez in second minute
Tim made two brilliant saves he made in the first 20 minutes, and for putting in an excellent display for the Magpies.
Wayne Rooney had got free down the left wing and he crossed the ball and it alluded the Newcastle defenders and Hernandez tapped the ball into the net – we looked for the ball in the back of the net.
But Krul magnificently dived to his left at the last moment, and with a strong left arm somehow kept the ball out, and then he dived on the loose ball, to the delight of the Newcastle fans.
It was a stunning save, and that communicated tight there to the rest of the Newcastle players, that he was certainly up for the game.
Tim made another crucial save on 19 minutes, this time when Wayne Rooney was clean through, but the ball hit Krul’s head and ballooned over the bar, although the referee awarded a goal kick.
From then on Tim had a masterful game, and never put a foot wrong, and kept only the 4th clean sheet seen at St. James’ Park this season, and against the mighty Manchester United too.
A delighted Alan Pardew talked today about the 23 year-old:
“Tim was brilliant – hats off to him and Andy Woodman, who has kept him right up to speed.”
“Saturday’s decision? It is a big problem – it was exactly what Tim needed to do.”
“It was very crucial. You do not want to go behind to a team which can keep the ball like them.”
“We might not have had that great period after the save had it not been for it.”
Alan Pardew will have to decide whether to bring Steve Harper back for the game at Blackpool on Saturday, but of course Steve was also Man of the Match in the last game at Aston Villa.
It will be interesting to see who Alan plays in goal on Saturday, but Tim did himself lots of favors last night, in playing such an outstanding game in a really important game for Newcastle that took the Magpies onto 40 points for the season.
That was Tim’s 20th appearance for the first team this season.