People Think Newcastle Won’t Be Anywhere – We Know Different


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 saints first game 2015

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.

Comments welcome.



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61 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 12, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Robmefirst
    From previous,
    NUFC.com is an excellent source of information, very few rumours and a great way of reporting the mood of the crowd. It’s funny how the likes of jib/jeff see anyone who doesn’t like Mike Ashley as anti NUFC, it would be very difficult to accuse Niall and Biffa of not being true supporters.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 12, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Ashley Out!
    Btw.

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  • cyprus

    Aug 12, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #3

    I hope that we are both right Time and we’ll make CL. But we’ll need some more signings. BTW, tell Steve to play Cabella and Perez. Thanks

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  • cyprus

    Aug 12, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #4

    Time- Tim

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  • cyprus

    Aug 12, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #5

    J
    I admire your persistence 🙂

    But, admit it, we could do much worse than your favourite villain 🙂

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  • nightfa11

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #6

    ffs..could tehy just play football, win matches and not talk about where we will finish after 1 fu***** match (in which we drew btw)..

    just play football and shush..

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  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #7
  • Tsunki

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #8
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  • Tsunki

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Jail – I always use Niall and Biffa as the barometer of goings on at nufc. They dont get carried away or endorse any action, but they dont hold back on an objective viewpoint.

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  • toon kk

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #10

    It just prooves how thin our squad is in certain areas when Aneta was injured, a couple of changes to the team bringing an unfit Tiote on and we converted to the team we were used to watching last season.

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  • sing in the corner

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Amid all the focus on our defence I was surprised to find the most concerning thing was Janmaat. I like him but for Long’s goal he was very guilty of naive ball watching, He hadn’t a clue about Long’s movement and therefore had no chance of blocking his run. Some of his positioning was poor in this game. Obviously its early days, we have a new |CB and Colo was rustier than most but still…

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  • HarriboNo9

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Even with another signing we will struggle to get more than 10 points by the first game in October against City. Fans will not care who we played they’ll just see the points and anx will start all over again. I said U.S. Getting 3 points against Southampton would be so important t and should of been treated as a cup final due to the fixtures we have. If I was mclaren id be saying listen lads we have a very hard opening fixtures let’s be unbeatable at home, that way the vans will stay on our side and see fight. Unbeating at home even if draws will make st James a fortress again and will stop people talking about the bad games etc

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  • lesh

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Sound words from Krul- let’s hope they’re his own rather than scripted by the Club’s spin doctors.

    And, reposted from previous thread:

    Toonicle

    I’m sure your earlier comment (McClaren’s won you over) will be endorsed by the vast majority of fans. There will inevitability be detractors (coz without detractors, farmers couldn’t plough defields! 😀 ) with a few on here no doubt.

    But the detractors should consider Owen’s views like those of others who’ve worked with him, as based on first-hand experience of the man and his methods – more than most of his critics!.

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Krul had a bad shoulder injury last year and that certainly knocked his confidence – even if sub consciously. And the defence around him hardly helped. Then Pardew and then Carver having their demoralising effect added to the gloom.
    New coaches, new training, new physio and new Manager are all contributing to players feeling more confident, not over trained and in better health. Just need a good Doctor such as Eva Carnerio to complete the team. Is she the ” surprise” signing that McLaren talks of ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #15

    Tsunki,
    According to the resident creepy physcho, Belfast is a great source of information!

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  • Belfast

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #16

    I agree with him.

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  • lesh

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #17

    Wasn’t it Woodman who coached Krul to punt the long ball upfield?

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  • lesh

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #18

    Jail….. Belfast who?

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  • Belfast

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #19

    He’s a real credit to the blog Lesh.

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  • lesh

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Lochinvar

    I’m sure your desire to bring Eve Carnerio in is based solely on her professional competence?

    Of course it is….. isn’t it?

    😉

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  • lesh

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #21

    Belfast.

    Who’s a real credit to the blog?

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  • bladeuser

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Colo
    just p@@@ off out of town u r shit
    ASHLEY OUT

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  • Belfast

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #23

    Me.

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  • lesh

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #24

    Nightfa11

    They’ll not shush as they’ve got season tickets to sell!

    Cynic? Mois? Yup!

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #25

    Belfast is greater than the invention of bottled beer…

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  • lesh

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Belfast

    Who’s ‘Me’?

    It couldn’t be you perchance?

    Nah, you’re too much of a shrinking violet, it couldn’t be. Modest folk don’t blow their own trumpets do they.

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  • lesh

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Dok

    Greater than bottled beer?

    Ever thought about why most (albeit bad) beer’s sold in cans these days?

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  • Belfast

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Think he was probably getting me and Jib mixed-up haha

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #29

    Toon KK

    Anita going off injured didn’t prove anything other than McClaren got it wrong. Why would you name Tiote amongst the subs when he’s not had a kick all preseason, Colo also hadn’t hadn’t had a kick so to have 2 really unfit lads on the pitch at the same time against a team that had already played 4 competitive games was a poor decision by McClaren.

    Plenty of others who could have made the bench like Abeid etc. They bossed us as they were the fitter team though and they created the best chances by far

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  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #30

    Looks like the blogs’ Norman Bates is making some effort schmoozing around certain posters and it looks like he now has a new blog tag team.
    Mostly undesirable types.

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  • jimmysmith

    Aug 12, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #31

    Players get match fit by playing games. Tiote and Collocini are fit. If they are central to the coaches plans, he has to play them, and the more game time they get the sooner they are up to speed. Colo is now back and Tiote that much further down the track after the minutes he got on the weekend, and both are big players for us.

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Aug 12, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #32

    lesh, beer in cans is easier to carry than bottles, enabling you to carry more of it to drink necessarily..

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Aug 12, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #33

    now, by my colonial deductions, if:

    belfast is greater than bottled beer, then by deductive reasoning, jeff/jib is worse than canned beer…. and blacklie is the equivalent of drink beer from a one legged hookers shoe after a day of dancing in a swampy brothel….

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  • JamesToon

    Aug 12, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #34

    Reports coming out of France that we’re close to Signing Raphael Guerreiro for £8.8million. Hope we get this lad must be good if he’s keeping Coentrao out of the Portugal team

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  • jimiley

    Aug 12, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #36

    We have an average team but a great manager who should propel us into a top 6 spot. Ashley has at last seen the light. I expect another two or three top signings. The entertainers are back!!!!!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 12, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #37

    Swampy Brothel Tag Team – mmm – has a bit of a ring to it.

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  • lesh

    Aug 12, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #38

    Dok

    Of course canned beer’s easier to carry but it’s not as good as a bottle fermented ale.

    Or a bottle of Brown tastes far better than canned.

    Either way, if it does the job, it does the job – beer’s not there to enjoy, it’s the effects of it…. innit.

    😉

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  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Aug 12, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #39

    speaking of, on my way to the local, have a good one all 🙂

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 12, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #40

    Jimmy

    Tiote hasn’t played a game since January. He’s been out injured and has only recently returned to training. Think mcclaren should be getting these lads up to speed by playing behind closed doors friendlies.

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