Magpies Need Another Top Performance From This Player Today


We don’t usually fare very well at White Hart Lane,  but last season was an exception,  when we came away with a 1-0 win, and if there was ever a time Newcastle needed another surprise win – it is today.

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Tim Krul – mobbed after the game last season – a world-class performance

Newcastle are still in 3rd bottom place in the league,  and a win could see us rise as many as five places in the table,  and a draw would see us go up one place above Sunderland, who were beaten 2-0 at home by Arsenal yesterday.

But if we are to get something out of the game,  it’s likely we will need another top performance from Tim Krul, who last season set a Premier League record, when he made 14 saves, and some of his saves were simply breathtaking.

This is what the 26-year-old Dutch International goalkeeper has said on Newcastle website about the game:

“I like playing at White Hart Lane.” “I’ve played there a few times and have got some really good memories, none more so than last season.”

“To walk away with a 1-0 win and a clean sheet that afternoon was something special, especially after the pressure we had been under during the game.”

“I contributed to a three-pointer and that is a really nice feeling for a goalkeeper. I had lots of shots come at me and somehow managed to keep them out.”

“I was in the zone in that game and hopefully we get another result like that on Sunday, although it’s going to be a hard game because Tottenham are a good team.”

“Personally, I like to make saves and do my bit for the team, but I would also prefer to deal with only half the shots I did in that game!”

“As a goalkeeper you like to be important for your side but the way things are right now, just one shot from them – which I save – and three points would be perfect.”

“We’ve taken criticism this season, and rightly so.” “We are here to win games and haven’t done that this season. We weren’t far off but we weren’t good enough and everybody knows that.”

“But over the last few weeks we have picked it up, looked better at both ends of the pitch and hopefully we have turned the corner. We have to keep it going now.”

“We needed to win last weekend it because Leicester at home is the sort of game you target three points from at the start of the season.”

“To get that first league win has given the team a lot of confidence, we’ve worked hard in training this week and hopefully we can show that confidence on the pitch on Sunday.”

It just so happens that Tim Krul is coming into a good bit of form for Newcastle,  and he made a couple of top saves against Leicester  last week, and that helped get us our first league win of the season,  so we have 7 points from the first eight games, which is disappointing.

Alan Pardew has said the win has lifted the mood on the training field this week, so we are hoping for an energetic and committed performance from our players today – and hopefully we can take something out of this game.

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6 comments so far

  • Blofal

    Oct 26, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #1

    I don’t like this 4-2-3-1. My team would be a 4-4-1-1

    Janmaat – Saylor – Coloccini – Dummett
    Obertan – Sissoko – Tiote – Colback
    —————-Cabella
    —————–Cisse

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  • sparky55

    Oct 26, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Magpies need a friggin’ miracle more like.

    …and lightning strikes in the same place twice so the chances of us coming away with a result like last year are remote indeed.

    Without coming across as being hugely negative, all I’m looking for in a performance is the slightest showing that we’ve fashioned a set-up that works, that the team are starting to gel, that there’s some apparent confidence in the way they’re being asked to play, some belief in the system and an attacking flair.

    I saw none of the above against leicester last week…it was a poor performance against a poor team and we only just sneaked a win.

    Play like we did against Leicester and we’ll get murdered down there.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 26, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Next thread please

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  • GEORDIE69

    Oct 26, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #4

    I would gan!

    Krul
    Janmaat – Saylor – Coloccini – Haidara
    Cabella – Sissoko – Tiote – Perez
    —————-Arma
    —————–Cisse

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  • Dasertic

    Oct 26, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #5

    What will happen when Krul decides that mediocrity in Newcastle is just to much to take and decides to leave in January?
    Champs. League here we come…

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  • damma99

    Oct 26, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Sick of hearing all these pundits and managers feeling sorry for Pardew. His record is absolute shite. Any other club would of sacked him ages ago. This club is just treading water. I hope Ashley buys Rangers and scurries off taking his puppet with him.

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