GOALKEEPER Tim Krul insists teamwork made the dream work for Newcastle United last season.
And he’s backing the Magpies’ team spirit to continue bringing success to Tyneside.
Krul gained many plaudits last term for his performances between the posts as United stormed to fifth spot in the Premier League.
The Holland international kept 15 clean sheets as the team’s success was built upon a solid defence.
But he was quick to praise the players in front of him for helping turn the Geordies into a mean machine.
“It’s not just one person here, it’s a proper team effort,” said Krul.
“You go from Danny Simpson, who has been immense at right-back, to Davide Santon, to Perchy (James Perch), to Willo (Mike Williamson) to (Fabricio) Coloccini, everybody chips in – even the lads who haven’t started most of the games.
“You can’t do it with just 11 players – especially next year.
“You need to do it with a big squad.”
While the players turned in the performances out on the pitch, Krul admits that their defensive success was largely down to the meticulous planning of manager Alan Pardew.
The Toon boss has worked hard with his backline alongside coaches John Carver and Steve Stone, and the results have paid off.
“From the moment the manager stepped in he has been working with the defence,” added Krul.
“We have defensive reports now before every game.
“He’s just kept hammering that home.
“If we keep clean sheets now, we have players who can make the difference and can win us games.
“It’s not just the back four but also people like Yohan Cabaye in there, and we are capable of beating anybody.”
United’s success saw them challenge for a top-four spot for most of the season, eventually settling for a European spot outside of the elite.
They were the surprise package of the campaign, earning Pardew the Manager of the Year award in the process, but Krul has warned that expectations for when the new season kicks off shouldn’t be too high.
“To finish fifth is incredible,” added the 24-year-old, who signed a new five-year contract in
“Everybody has to remember where we were not so long ago.”