Tim Krul is fast becoming one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.
Tim Krul – magnificent save form Martin Petrov
And Tim kept Newcastle in the game yesterday with just a fantastic save from their danger man, Bulgarian International Martin Petrov.
Martin was threatening to score a few times yesterday, and he got through the Newcastle defense on 39 minutes and hit a crisp shot that seemed to be headed for Krul’s bottom left hand corner of the net.
But Tim got down to the ball brilliantly at fully stretch, and just diverted the ball with his left hand for the save of the match, and kept the score level at 0-0.
Tim remembered the 5-1 beating last year at the Reebok, and indeed in the last eight trips there Newcastle had lost seven time before yesterday’s win.
This is what Tim had to say today:
“It is a great Christmas present,” “We worked hard in the morning yesterday on Christmas Day, but this is our rewards for that.”
“This is one of those games that before the season you are not looking forward to going to.”
“It is a hard place to come – we know that from last year – and it’s a bit of a payback from us for last year, when we had a very difficult game.”
“What a fantastic result though. A clean sheet and three points, and it can’t get any better than that.”
“Besty worked his socks off for the first 60 minutes and that paved the way for Hatem to show the extra bit of quality which he brings to the team,”
“And it was great to see Willo back as well. He won every header and it was such a massive bonus for us because it stops all their momentum.”
“He was class, for me and the team. Having been out for that long, he didn’t look like he had been away, and it’s fantastic to have a solid player like that back in the team.”
“It gives you that extra bit of confidence.”
We knew Mike Williamson was something special when he made his debut for Newcastle in January last year, and he came into the side after never playing for the Portsmouth first team, and he put in a flawless display in Newcastle’s 2-0 win against Crystal Palace .
And Mike again showed yesterday what an important player he is for the Newcastle club, and his return has immediately paid big dividends. What a buy this lad has been for just £1M!
If Mike and Coloccini can keep up their good form, then Newcastle can again be very solid at the back, and maybe even go on another good run in the league.
But Mike was a hero yesterday, make no mistake about that.