Newcastle star goalkeeper Tim Krul has come out today and given a very positive interview.
Man of the Match Tim Krul at final whistle on Wednesday
That’s before Newcastle take on Aston Villa at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon, in the early kick off game at 1:30pm.
If Newcastle can win that game, and Chelsea lose to Manchester United in the later game on Sunday, it could be that Newcastle are in joint 4th place on Sunday night, on 42 points and level with Chelsea. 😀
It’s certainly not beyond the realms of possibility, and of course we will have Demba Ba back and we all look forward to the debut of his Senegal team-mate and top striker, Papiss Cisse, in black and white stripes.
Since Demba Ba left Tyneside for the African Cup of Nations, Newcastle have had three league games, and won at home to QPR and at Blackburn on Wednesday night, and lost at Fulham, but 6 points from those 3 games isn’t too bad at all.
Newcastle also beat Blackburn at home and lost at Brighton in the FA Cup, while Ba was in Africa.
And after the 2-0 win at Blackburn on Wednesday, manager Alan Pardew came out yesterday and said that Newcastle will have a go at trying to get into the top four in the league, and that’s fine, as long as we don’t get too far ahead of ourselves.
But Tim Krul is just as positive this morning, and this is what Newcastle’s top goalkeeper, who has been on Tyneside since the summer of 2005, had to say about the club:
“We are 23 games in and we’re fifth. That is no fluke, we deserve that position and that gives us the belief that we can really achieve something this season,”
“Of course we believe in ourselves now. We deserve to be there and it is up to us now. We’ve had a disappointing couple of games and we know what was being said outside the club, but we always believe in each other.”
“That is the most important thing for this season. We know what our targets are and believe me, we’re far above them. We’re flying, to be honest – our confidence is sky-high and we’re more than ready for Sunday’s game.”
“We’ve seen everything at this club over the last few years and we’ve had lots thrown at us already this season. But everyone believes in each other, everyone works for each other and that’s the most important thing.”
“It’s 11 people on the pitch who really just want to work hard for each other, they want to win for each other and they are desperate to do well.” “The major plus over the last few weeks has just been the attitude of the boys.”
“We said before the Blackburn game that if our attitude is right then we can beat anyone in the league and we firmly believe that,” “We fought for each other – there were tackles, blocks, a clearance off the line again.”
“I think Wednesday was a proper Premier League game.” “There is definitely relief that the transfer window has passed,” “It is fantastic that we have been able to keep the squad together and, on top of that, we now have a top class striker added too.”
“That’s the way we will progress as a football club.”
Newcastle’s squad players have come through for the club again in the absence of Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote, and the added absence of Yohan Cabaye on Wednesday night, as Ryan Taylor, Danny Guthrie and James Perch have come in and given solid displays for the side.
And it looks like James Perch may have to play a really important role for Newcastle on Sunday afternoon against Villa, as he will probably get the defensive central midfield spot and partner Danny Guthrie in midfield, after he put in a first class performance there in the second half at Blackburn.
That’s what good squad players are for, and they cannot expect to play every game – but they are very important to every team and Danny Guthrie, Ryan Taylor and James Perch have become good and important players for Newcastle this season.
The goal for Newcastle now through mid-May is to qualify for the Europa Cup, and if we can do that we’ll see a number of new players come through the door during the summer, since we’ll have a lot more games next season, and will need a bigger squad.
But we also think the squad will be a lot better too, and Newcastle are certainly headed in the right direction this season under Alan Pardew, who has received good backing from Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias.
It’s got to be onward and upward through the final 15 games of the season, and we may just shock ourselves as to where we end up in the league table come mid-May.
Howay The Lads!!