NEWCASTLE United’s Tim Krul told of his joy after coming through the longest second half of his career.
The goalkeeper was outstanding in yesterday’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
Krul made 14 saves, the most any Premier League keeper has made in a single game since 2006/07, as Andre Villas-Boas’s side pressed forward for an equaliser, having gone behind to Loic Remy’s seventh goal of the season.
It was arguably the 25-year-old’s best performance for the club.
It came just over seven years after he pulled off a series of stunning saves on his debut against Palermo.
However, Krul – who denied Soldado and Paulinho among others – wasn’t half as busy that night at the Stadio Renzo Barbera as he was in north London.
And Krul threw his gloves into the jubilant away end after being noisily applauded off the pitch.
“I’m proud of everybody,” Krul said.
“It’s a difficult place to come. We’ve had some really hard games here over the years.
“To come here and take three points is a fantastic result.
“They kick started after we got the goal. We took a lot of confidence out of that. It settled the nerves.
“We had a couple of chances before the goal, and I’m glad it came.”
Krul admits he kept looking at the clock at White Hart Lane during the second half, and it was a relief to hear referee Chris Foy finally blow the final whistle.
The result, which followed a 2-0 win over Chelsea, lifted the club back into ninth place in the Premier League.
He said: “It was a long second half – I kept looking at the clock and there was still 25 minutes to go! The lads were getting tired.
“I’m over the moon. It’s a nice way to walk off this pitch, with three points.
“It was incredible”.
We showed it last week when Chelsea were on top of us. We dug it out.”
The Tottenham and Chelsea wins followed a defeat in the Wear-Tyne derby, with the club’s loss to Sunderland having been a “major disappointment” to Krul and his team-mates.
“It was six points we didn’t expect,” said the Holland international.
“After a major disappointment against Sunderland, we couldn’t have responded better.”
Krul is in Louis van Gaal’s Holland squad for the friendlies against Japan and Columbia on November 16 and 19.