Tim Krul was the hero tonight, as the Newcastle goalkeeper made four tremendous saves, after Newcastle had gone ahead with a penalty goal by Shola Ameobi after 64 minutes.
Tim Krul congratulated by Danny Simpson after the game
His first save was an excellent block from Willian, who had just come into the game, and then he made two terrific saves in a matter of seconds from the impressive Jonathan Cristaldo.
And with just three minutes remaining he clawed away a goal-bound flick from Willian, and was helped by the impressive debut boy Massadio Haidara at left back, who then cleared the ball for a corner.
Tim Krul was interviewed for the Newcastle web-site on the team coach after the game:
“I’m really pleased, of course.” “It’s nice to be important and to make a contribution to the team.” “We defended well – there were some great blocks and I think we showed some of the qualities that we did last season with everybody working for each other.”
“Everybody had to put a lot of hard graft in. We showed a lot of spirit towards the end but it’s worth it, definitely.” “I think we did really well today.” “We knew if we scored one it was going to be difficult for them to come back because they had to score two and we’re really pleased to go through.”
“It’s massive for the club to be in the last 16 of the Europa League. I think that’s where we belong.” “And it’s great for the club like Newcastle to be in the draw for the last 16.” “We’re going to Anzhi Makhachkala now and that’s a great prospect which I’m really looking forward to.”
Tim Krul was injured near the end of the game after a foul by Cristaldo, and it’s not clear how bad the injury is – although he could not take the goal kicks after his injury and was surprisingly yellow carded by the ref when he waited for a Newcastle player to take the free kick, after he had recovered.
Alan Pardew is apparently hopeful that Tim will be OK for the important game against Southampton on Sunday – but Tim wasn’t too sure:
“I don’t know.” “We’ll have to wait for the scans.”
We have to hope that Tim and Yohan Cabaye are OK – but Yohan didn’t seem to be limping after coming off with a suspected knee injury.
We’ll just have to hope for the best.
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