Tim Krul had a good game in the Newcastle goal this afternoon against Sunderland, and Newcastle were unlucky – make that very unlucky – not to keep a clean sheet and get all 3 points, and get their second successive win at the Stadium of Light.
The ball hits Demba Ba in the face and it flies into the net
After Yohan Cabaye had put Newcastle ahead after only three minutes, and Newcastle had completely bossed the game in those first 25 minutes, Cheick Tiote got himself sent off, and it wasn’t until 5 minutes from time that a Demba Ba own goal gave Sunderland the equalizer.
And we have to remember that two seasons ago in this fixture in January of 2011, Sunderland equalized late in injury time – and that’s when manager Steve Bruce ran up and down the touch-line like a mad man – such was the joy of getting a point off Newcastle at their home stadium in injury time.
This time Newcastle played with 10 men for three quarters of the game after Cheick Tiote was sent off for a stupid tackle on Steven Fletcher – who rolled around on the pitch like he had been shot in the leg and banged the ground with his hand.
But he was surprisingly up and fit again and ready to play once Cheick had been given the straight red card by referee Martin Atkinson. Really some of these footballers seem to be auditioning for Hollywood, the way they roll around and pretend they are badly injured.
Tim had a solid game in the Newcastle goal, except for one slip in the second half when he couldn’t handle a shot, but with the help of Mike Williamson and a brave dive onto the loose ball by the goalkeeper, Newcastle saved that situation.
This is what Tim said on the Newcastle web-site after the game, when he was asked if it was one point gained or two points lost (it was the latter):
“Easy question.” “I’m really proud of us, of the whole team. I think we see this as a win to be honest.” “I know it’s hard to take when you have a deflected goal so late into the game, especially after how hard we worked, but the spirit is the most important thing we took out of this game.”
“Of course we’re disappointed because listen, if you’re 1-0 up and you’ve played so well for 60 minutes with ten men it’s hard to take.” “But at the end of the day when everything’s settled down we see this as a good result, especially with the lads working their socks off for each other again.”
“I think that’s what put us through last year, the spirit, and I’ve seen today that we’ve got the spirit back.” “Of course I was desperate to be back,” “I’d hoped to make Man United a couple of weeks ago but that was too early for me so the next target was Sunderland and I was not going to miss this game.”
“To be honest, even with ten men – of course their deliveries are great from free-kicks and corners – but I didn’t feel threatened today by them at all so I’m really pleased with the lads in front of me.” “It was great to quieten the crowd down and it was a great start.”
“We said we had to start better than we have done over the weeks and that’s what we did.”
And as far as Demba Ba’s own goal this is what the Newcastle goalkeeper said:
“The initial header was going to go wide and it hit Demba and just went the other way so you can’t react to that.” “The first header was going wide, everything was alright, but things like that happen.”
Tim looked solid and confident today and Sunderland showed why they have only scored 6 league goals all season, and they found it hard to break down a very solid Newcastle defense, and it was a lucky and late goal that got them a point.
This was an excellent display by Newcastle, make no mistake about that, but without the element of luck you need to win these type of games.
But the lads’ form today gives us a lot of hope that we will start to pick up points in the league and climb the table.
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