The Newcastle defense has been a revelation this season, from the leaky defense that often turned up last season.
Tim Krul – in great form this season
And there are a number of reasons the defense is so improved this term, and one of them is that Tim Krul is showing he’s on his way to becoming a top goalkeeper for Newcastle.
Steven Taylor is back to his very best, captain Coloccini is playing in the best form of his career, and Danny Simpson and Ryan Taylor are both doing good solid jobs in the full back positions, with Ryan playing way out of position to boot – so to speak.
It’s been well documented – it’s been too well documented – that Newcastle were a mite lucky at Wolves to get all 3 points, but when you have a defense as well drilled as Newcastle’s, and in addition you have 11 players on the field only too willing to do whatever’s necessary for the side, some mini-miracles will happen.
Peter Lovenkrands doesn’t pull any punches today, and says Newcastle were hammered in that second half:
“Sometimes you have those games where you fight so hard and you don’t get a win and they nick it in the end. Against Wolves we were on the other side and we got the win.”
“They hammered us. They got a lot of balls into the box and we dealt with it. We got a bit lucky maybe but we got three points in the end.” “There’s been games beforehand where we’ve had that and we didn’t win. Hopefully it can be a turning point.”
“Tim Krul was outstanding against Wolves. We were sitting on the bench watching and he was fantastic. He’s a young boy who’s been waiting so long for his opportunity. Now he’s really proving himself.”
“A lot of the boys had to be thankful for him on Saturday because he was fantastic, just outstanding.” “As for our defense, Tayls has always been like that. Even in training he’s a pain in the you-know-what but he’s fantastic.”
Apart from Newcastle now being 4th in the league, the thing that has surprised us most of all, on the positive side this season, is the team spirit that is very evident in the Newcastle squad.
Of course it helps to win, and it also helps to be so high up in the league table.
But we cannot possibly stay in 4th place in the Premier League this season.
That’s correct – isn’t it?