TIM Krul’s adamant Newcastle United can still get a win at Norwich City – despite a lengthening injury list.
Manager Alan Pardew is without a clutch of players for tomorrow’s visit to Carrow Road.
Cheik Tiote, Danny Guthrie and long-term injury-victims Steven Taylor and Sylvain Marveaux are all sidelined, and Pardew will make a late decision on captain Fabricio Coloccini’s availability.
Newcastle are looking for their first win in four games, having taken a point from their tough three-match sequence against the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea.
However, United remain sixth in the Premier League, and Krul – who was outstanding in last weekend’s 3-0 defeat to Chelsea at St James’s Park – insists the team’s confidence remains high.
“It’s a tough away game,” Krul said. “But we’ve taken a lot of confidence out of the last three games, when we’ve competed with the best and showed we’re capable.
“I think everybody’s got the feeling we can go to Norwich and get a result.
“People are looking at us and they worry about us a bit more than they did before. That’s a nice thing.
“We’ve had a fantastic run, and been unfortunate in a couple of games, but we need to get back to winning ways. I thought we were unfortunate (against Chelsea), we hit the crossbar and post a few times.”
Krul is a close friend of Taylor, who suffered an Achilles injury late in the game against Chelsea.
Taylor’s loss will be keenly felt as the 25-year-old had been superb alongside captain Fabricio Coloccini, and Krul’s admits the club cannot afford any more injuries during what will be a testing few weeks.
“The main downer was Steven picking up a horrific injury,” said Krul.
“We knew that December and January would be the hard months. We hope that injuries are kept to a limited number.
“Yes, we’re unfortunate, but hopefully Coloccini’s back soon, which is good.
“We know December will be hard – we just have to get through it.”