TIM Krul is relishing the showdown with Aston Villa – and his former goalkeeping mentor Shay Given.
Newcastle United entertain Paul Lambert’s side tomorrow looking to make it three wins in a row at home this season (kick-off 3pm).
Krul and his team-mates followed their opening-day win over Tottenham Hotspur with a Europa League victory over Atromitos on Thursday night.
United, beaten at Chelsea last weekend, are favourites to make it four successive victories on Tyneside, with Villa having lost their two league games against West Ham and Everton.
But Krul, who said he learned a lot from visiting goalkeeper Given in his early years at the club, is wary of Lambert’s team.
“They’re still a good team, so we have to be on our guard,” Krul said.
“We’re at home, so we have to make sure our performance deserves to get a positive result.
“We would have snapped your hands off if we’d been offered six points out of the first few games.
“We gave Chelsea a little bit too much respect, but we are back at home now and we’re looking for a win.”
Krul made his Newcastle debut in Europe in late 2006, and the 23-year-old takes a lot of satisfaction from the role he’s played in the club’s revival.
“We had a hard few years, but nice to be back where we all belong.” said Krul.
“Last year we were all buzzing to even reach Europe. To get to the group stages is where we probably belong.
“It wasn’t easy. It is great to be where we are, but now we go back to business against Aston Villa.”