Tim Krul Preferred To Stekelenburg By New Dutch Manager

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul picked up his 4th cap for Holland last night and his first appearance for Holland in a competitive match, when he was in the Dutch goal in the 2-0 win over Turkey in World Cup qualifying.

Robin van Persie scores Holland’s first goal

With new manager Louis van Gaal appointed after the disastrous European Championships last summer, after which Bert van Marwijk  was fired, it could be that he prefers Tim to 29 year-old Maarten Stekelenburg, who has 50 caps for Holland and had been first choice goalkeeper since Edwin van der Sar retired.

The in-form Manchester United striker Robin van Persie gave the Dutch the lead with a 17th minute goal, although it was a very close game, with Luciano Narsingh scoring the second goal three minutes into added time.

Tim Krul punches ball clear last night

Turkey started the game on the attack, and it was against the run of play when van Persie scored, and former Newcastle midfielder Emre had gone close after just five minutes when his drive was blocked by Johnny Heitinga.

And the Dutch had an escape just before half time when Tunay Torun’s free-kick was headed against the cross-bar by Umut Bulut, and the ball was cleared.

Turkey pressed and pressed for the equalizer in the second half, and the late goal by Holland gave them what was a flattering score-line, but it meant it was another clean sheet for Tim in the Holland goal.

Newcastle’s Vurnon Anita had been named in Holland’s provisional squad for the game, but as half expected, he didn’t make the final cut.

We’ll have to see if Tim plays in Holland’s next game on Tuesday night in Hungary.

Yohan Cabaye played well for France in their 1-0 win in Finland, before he was replaced after 70 minutes, and the winning goal for France came from Arsenal’s Abou Diaby.

And England hammered Moldova 5-0 last night, as we reported after the game last night.

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8 comments so far

  • pbNcl

    Sep 8, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Tim Krul top boy

    I firmly believe it will benefit us long term to have had such a game like villa so early on. They were better than chelsea against us if you ask me. Yes, chelsea have more quality but villa really did have us ran absolutely ragged. Constant threat and constant balls into the box. Hence why jonast jonas jus pulled some lad down with both hands the back of the shirt! Then pardew called him off immediately! Fustration. They knocked our game out of us, if it wasn’t for superman benny we would of been painfully defeated.

    But from pain comes determination. Don’t forget, villa are one of only 7 clubs who have accuired more EPL points over the seasons that us, so they had a point to prove that night. And they proved it well, I congratulate their manager for a battling performance.

    Now can we take that pain to everton and put it right, man u failed to do so but can we?? I really believe we can. A win is what matters, no matter if its one goal in the 92nd minute. We will not loose our momentum

  • SupaToonKid

    Sep 8, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Well done Van Gaal for realising what Van Marjwik could not. Krul is not just the future of Holland GKing but the present.

    Krul > Steklenberg

  • Adopted_Geordie

    Sep 8, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    agree with pbNcl..villa weren’t going to lose three on the bounce under new manager paul lambert..they were fiesty and up for the fight that day..a good point to have as we clearly struggled to create clear-cut chances!

  • Novocastrian66

    Sep 8, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #4

    @PbNcl. We’ll get beat by Everton.

  • nico

    Sep 8, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #5

    I was just reading an article about England’s performance and saying how good it was. I must say I really enjoyed the way we played. We pressed high up the field and made Moldova make mistakes.
    Then I read the coments below. After glancing down about 10 I had to stop. Every single comment was critical of us. WTF. I really don’t understand some fans. They are ranked 141 in the World, fair enough but if these so called fans actually stopped and analysed the result they would realise how good it was. As far as I can tell that is by far their biggest defeat at home. Holland went there a couple of years ago and struggled to win 1-0. I think if we’d have played like that against Italy in the Euros we could have won the game. I just wish the so called national fans would back their team more.


    Sep 8, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #6

    I have been saying for months that Krul should be Holland,s No-1 keeper!

    I watched the Dutch game live here, and my only criticism is that he needs to learn to communicate more with the rest of his defence!
    Could,nt watch England, broadcast on a commercial sender, so i can,t comment on England.

    Krul is a class act though! We are lucky to still have him.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Sep 8, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #7

    As a Turkish fan that watched the game last night, I can thoroughly say Krul is not just the best goalkeeper in holland but one of the best in the world, he made some outstanding saves, was commanding and never looked out of place, Turkey definitely deserved to win the game or a draw at least after missing 2 1 on 1’s, hitting the bar, post and Krul making some outstanding saves but I can 10000000% say Holland would not have won the game if Krul didn’t play.

    Also another note, Turkey’s 2 CB’s looked outstanding both are only 21, yet not for 1 second looked in any bother, they literally had Van Persie and Robben and whoever came at them in their back pockets, Newcastle should definitely consider going for 1 because they are young, reasonably cheap and absolutely amazing!

  • rudy

    Sep 8, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8

    proud to have Krul in goal of both my country and the most beautiful club in the world!


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