The Same Fight And Guts Is Needed In Premier League

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul was the hero last night in the Ukraine with four memorable save sin the final 254 minutes of the game, but the Dutch international has already turned his attention to picking up points in the Premier League and getting Newcastle away from the relegation zone.

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Tim Krul – the Newcastle goalkeeper after the game last night

Tim Krul – who is leading our Man of the Match poll with 58% of the vote, followed by Haidara at 14% and Yanga-Mbiwa on 8%, had this to say today in the local press this morning:

“That’s what it is all about – especially now Steven Taylor is back. He’s always blocking shots with every part of his body. It helps.” “It massively helps because he blocks a lot of shots especially when they are coming 80 or 90 miles an hour.”

“It is nice he gets in the way as it makes my life easier.” “We are on a good run still.” “And we have had a massive week with Europe and then Southampton on Sunday.” “We were solid last season and we are starting to show that again.”

“We have in the last couple of weeks. I think we were unlucky in the Tottenham game because the free-kick was a bit of magic from Bale. Other than that we have played well.”

Tim left the stadium last night on crutches after being in injured very late in the game, but he’ll have a scan on his ankle and we have to hope there’s no damage other than bruising – and that he can play on Sunday against Southampton.

The only real blemish in the five game Newcastle have played since the five new French players came on board is at White Hart Lane, but our performance in that game was still very good – and we were just a little unlucky.

But we must win all six of our remaining home games in the league – and they are all winnable against Southampton, Stoke, Fulham, Sunderland and Arsenal.

But the only thing that really matters now is that when 3:30 pm rolls around we have all 3 points against the Saints, and then the lads have all week to prepare for the game on the following Saturday at Swansea City.

Howay the Lads!!

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11 comments so far

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Feb 22, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #1

    any news abt krul s injurie

  • Markaccus

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Krul is getting MOM based on the last 25 mins of the game. I don’t have too much of a problem with that, but i’m a bit dissapointed that big sho is only 4th. He had “one of his games” last night, and worked hard throughout (very rare) he provided us with alot of strength up front, and made life very difficult for mentalists defenders. Come on people, try and see through your hatred of shola and give him the credit he deserves!

  • dannyboy

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #3

    only aftering reading your comment about haidara that he was poor throughout, im actually abit speechless , we must have been watching different games, take away the fact hes only 20 , i thought he was great, quick , strong , good in tackle , calm and composed, and good in the air, great engine, he had a better game than colo and simpson, i have a feeling you will be eating your words in years to come , i thought it nice to have natural width last night for a change rather than santon cutting in side , loseing the ball then getting caught out, haidara had a overall great game last night, this boy will be a star, and he is built like f**k , he is a tank

  • sirtoongospel

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Dannyboy, couldn’t agree more! Haidara was very very good and defensively looks like he has more tools than Santon. Santon though is incredible going forward. To say that he was poor throughout last night stunned me to be honest. I thought he was our best player over the 90 minutes. Shola ran out of gas and was tired fr last 20 minutes.

  • Graeme

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #5

    Sirtoon – maybe Pardeaux will now play Haidara at LB and move Santon forward to give Jonas a rest – God knows, he needs it!!!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #6

    3Tiote4PM // Feb 22, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Personally I bought Haidara was poor throughout.

    Really? The lad was a contender for MOTM along with mbiwa n shola, i know everyone see games differently but c’mon man the lad didnt put a foot out if place defended well made some crunching tackles and got up the pitch at lightning speed

  • dannyboy

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #7

    sirtoon – haidara impressed me so much last night , he was very mature with great positional sense, he timed his runs well , he picked the right time to go forward but didnt put himself at risk for being caught out.
    i was describing the game to my dad as he missed it, and i wouldnt shut up about haidara and he was defo my man of the match, then sissoko , and i though marveaux was impressive last night to , but what a waste outting cisse on right wing, id much prefer squidward on the wing and thats saying something
    shola must just do weights and not running in training , he comes across so lazy its fustrating only player that can get away eith that is berbatov

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Shola played really well and managed to get his 2nd goal of the season. However I’m not sure if having a good game every six months is enough at this level.

    I think he plays well in Europe because the game is a lot slower. If he played in La Liga he’d be a star, maybe even better than Messi 😉

  • toonincheek

    Feb 22, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Haidara had a good game – no doubt about that.
    But – there seemed to be a lot of space wide right for Metalist far too often.

    Not sure if that was the FB backing up while Haidara was covering the wide man who had moved inside, or what, but there seemed to be many times when there was acres of space there and plenty of time for the Metalist guy wide right to receive a long range ball and have time to control it before there was any challenge.

  • Gerard Depardew

    Feb 22, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #10

    I am thinking not so many of the fans for some reason I dont kno will not be wanting jonas ‘guts’ guttierez in the teem. I myself think he is a gud player and is like batty but not that much maybe tommy gibb for you old like me ha ha. Alors, if the defens is so gud why does the crazy krul keeper have keep jumping all over the place in last quinze minutes? I am thinking maybe the substantions were not so good, n’est pas?

    Shola is better than Cisse ans hould start again south ham. Cabaye lazy son of a b***** needs to be told he is pas-de-use at sett peece kicking. Marveux greedy son of b**** and shod have pssed that ballon across the 6 metre box to strike men insted of shot of no danger. As men of france they ashame me.

  • Owldman

    Feb 22, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #11

    A few weeks ago Santon was the best thing since sliced bread now you fickle bloggers want he out and the new boy in let him settle to the pace of the Premier League the start bringing him on gradually look forward to next season when he’s more mature.Anyone agree Anit is looking stronger, not sure he & Cabye can play together seemed to stifle each other, only my opinion though.


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