Tim Krul has been in sparkling form for Newcastle United so far this season.
Tim Krul – a fight on our hands Monday night
Tim had another good game at Blackburn on Wednesday evening, and he was unlucky to give away the penalty in the 64th minute.
Tim knows it will be a tough game at Stoke and they have yet to lose at home in the Premier League this season, but Liverpool beat them on Wednesday 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium, so there is some hope for Newcastle on Monday night.
Stoke score their goals from set plays, with either corners, free kicks or those long Rory Delap throw-ins, and it will be a very physical game too.
This si what Tim told the local Newcastle press today:
“You know what you will get at Stoke.” “It’s definitely not an easy game to have on a Monday night.”
“We’ll have a fight on our hands, we just have to be ready. We’ll touch on that in training.”
His former rivals Steve Harper and Fraser Forster are currently out on loan at Brighton and Celtic respectively, and it seems Tim’s confidence has been increasing ever since he made that debut in June for the Holland side, when he was Man of the Match against Brazil in the 0-0 draw:
“It started against Brazil.” “I always wanted to play for my country – it was a dream.”
“It came true this summer, and it gave me the confidence that I could really play this season.”
“The other goalkeepers at this club keep me sharp.” “It’s nice every morning to train with them, and get advice off them.”
The back-up goalkeeper at Newcastle is now 25 year-old Rob Elliot, who was signed from Charlton in the summer, and the 6’3″ goalkeeper will be keen to make his mark on Tyneside.
Newcastle have never won at the Britannia Staidum, which Stoke moved to in 1997, after playing for 119 years at the old Victoria Ground.
So there’s some incentive to bring home all 3 points on Monday, at one of the oldest clubs in England.
Stoke City were formed way back in 1863, almost 30 years before Newcastle United were created with the combination of the Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End clubs in 1892.
A win would be simply great on Monday night, and would allow us all to get over our disappointment of being eliminated in the Carling Cup.