Tim Krul, like a lot of our players had a bad time of it over the second half of last season when he was not in good form and let in a few dodgy goals in our spell of 10 games when we got just one point until we finally woke up, played well in our last game at home to West Ham, and won 2-0 to save ourselves.
That was simply a nightmare – a compete nightmare.
Note to myself – stop bringing it up – please.
Tim Krul – back to his old form now
But when Tim returned in season he has played very well and played well in our 2-2 draw against the Saints on Sunday – and in the end that was a good point, although we were hanging on a bit at the end, as some of our players tired.
We don’t expect that to happen on Saturday when we visit the Liberty Stadium in Swansea for another tough test.
Things are starting to look up a bit on Tyneside, and the way Steve McClaren has Newcastle playing it’s good to watch and we do attack the opposition.
Tim Krul had this to say on the Newcastle web-site about our very tough start to the season:
“This weekend at Swansea is going to be tough, really tough, but I have a good feeling about us this season.” “Because of what happened last year, nobody is expecting anything. We will surprise a few people and it’s great to be the underdogs.”
“Let people talk about other teams and think we won’t be anywhere – we know different.” “We have some tough games coming up, like Swansea and Manchester United away, but there have been some strange results already in the Premier League, and we are confident that we can get results against anyone.”
“I had a great relationship with Woody.” “He has been a close pal for the last five years and made me into the goalie I am today, so it was sad to see him go.”
“But Simon is a great coach and someone I knew before he came here full-time. I worked with him a couple of times last season and he can definitely move me forward again.”
Hopefully it will be an easy transition for Tim to work under Simon Smith, who was the goalkeeping coach when Sir Bobby Robson was at the club, and Simon left about a year before Tim arrived in the summer of 2005, when Graeme Souness was the manager.
Simon’s a good coach, and in fact this has to be the strongest coaching staff we’ve had at Newcastle for a long, long time.
Let’s hope that can be turned into some (very) good results on the pitch this season.
Tim seems confident enough.