Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul has talked after the game this afternoon, and said it was an important win for the Magpies.
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He’s right about that, and Newcastle went ahead with a great goal from Papiss Cisse after 10 minutes, and Newcastle were 1-0 up at half time, but it really should have been more.
And then Norwich came storming back in the second half to give Newcastle everything they could handle, but our lads held on for a 1-0 win, although we were not at our best today.
And Tim Krul was again in great form, as he pulled of a number of excellent saves, including an absolutely brilliant save from a Whitbread header in the second half, when it looked like Norwich had got the equalizer, but Tim somehow turned the ball over the crossbar.
And Norwich manager Paul Lambert had his head in his hands, as Krul had saved in magnificent fashion.
Tim talked after the game to Sky Sports and about that save he made from Whitbread:
“That save was up there with my best,” “It was important for us to win, especially at home. These are the games we have to win.” “I am really pleased with the three points, especially after Monday night.”
“It was horrible to see something like that yesterday with Fabrice Muamba, and our thoughts are definitely with him,” “The world is standing still and praying for him to get better.”
And it was good of Tim to mention Fabrice Muamba, and most of us are still almost numb at what happened yesterday afternoon at White Hart Lane, and we are hoping and praying he will come through OK.
Norwich manager Paul Lambert should have been buoyed by the Norwich display, especially in the second half, although Newcastle were well on top in those first 45 minutes.
Lambert talked to Sky Sports after the game:
“The performance was excellent, we had chances to score and had a go,” “This is a tough place to play, we switched off for the goal and have to defend better.”
“We came to a team doing very well with a vibrant crowd and did really well.”
And finally Alan Pardew was down to earth and truthful as ever after the game, and admitted his side were not at their best this afternoon, but we still managed to get all 3 points, and it was a tremendous result for Newcastle, even if the display was only mediocre.
This is what Alan had to say after the game to Sky Sports:
“We were not at our best today,” “We weren’t firing on all cylinders, had eight players injured yesterday and had to grind it out.”
“We have finishers on the pitch and that helps and they can nick you the win and that’s we did today.” “I think Yohan played in many different positions today.”
“But we’re are not getting a grip on these games and we were at a bit edgy today, and we missed Cheick today.”
“The fans got edgy today and they didn’t want me to take off Ben Arfa – our flair player – and I understand that.”
Sometimes you have to grind these results out, and when you heard the roar from the Geordie fans when the referee blew that final whistle, you knew it was job well done, even though we were far from our best today.
Newcastle are now on 47 points from 29 games played, and if we can beat the 58 points Newcastle achieved under Glenn Roeder in 2006, it will be the biggest points total since the great Bobby Robson was the Newcastle manager back in 2004.
Are great times on their way back to Tyneside?
We think so.