NEWCASTLE United don’t fear any team in the Premier League, according to Tim Krul.
Krul was outstanding between the posts in Saturday’s pulsating 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The 23-year-old pulled off a series of stunning saves as 10-man Newcastle bravely fought off Sir Alex Ferguson’s side to claim a hard-fought point.
Krul denied Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra among others in a frantic finale at the stadium where his Dutch countryman and idol Edwin van der Saar once took on all-comers.
Earlier in the second half, Demba Ba had cancelled out Javier Hernandez’s fortunate opener with a controversial penalty.
While Krul’s performance in goal grabbed the headlines, the Holland international felt his colleagues deserved as much praise for the way they took the game to their hosts in the first half, and dogged defending after the break. “We can’t be happier,” Krul told the Gazette. “We have had some great results this season, but this is right up there.
“The effort the lads put in was incredible. They put their bodies on the line – what a game!
“The only way to sum up the period at the end of the game was mad! There were ricochets going in everywhere.
“It was just a fantastic feeling to go off with a point. Everybody went off smiling, because everybody was fighting for each other. We knew we had to be on our toes and work our socks off. We did more than that.”
Newcastle had lost their unbeaten tag in the same city the previous weekend, Roberto Mancini’s Premier League leaders winning 3-1.
That afternoon, Krul faced two penalties, and he felt Alan Pardew’s side were worth their point for the resilience they showed against the champions, who threw everything they had at them in the dying stages.
And the performances bodes well for fourth-placed Newcastle, who face Chelsea at St James’s Park on Saturday.
“The luck at Man City went against us,” added Krul. “At Man United, it went for us.
“We definitely deserved it. We’re just happy to walk away with the point. They came here for a great day and they got one.
“To walk away with a point is more than pleasing. We just showed that we can compete with the best. At Man City we got two penalties unluckily against us, but we gave it a real go.
“Demba was fantastic. He’s done it all season, and to step up in front of 70,000 with all of them whistling and trying to put them off is fantastic.
“He is so cool, and he has shown he’s a fantastic player. To put it away was fantastic.”