TIM Krul would have been for wanting to ease himself back into the Premier League on his comeback from injury.
o such luck. Not at Manchester City.
The goalkeeper won’t have had too many busier nights in his career.
Inside the first four minutes, Krul - making his first league appearance since dislocated his shoulder in April - denied Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko though he couldn’t stop David Silva’s sixth-minute opening goal.
Krul’s performance was one of the few positives to take from Newcastle’s 4-0 defeat on Monday night.
And the 25-year-old will need to be at his best again tomorrow, when West Ham United - and former Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan - arrive at St James’s Park.
“On a personal level I’m glad I’m back - it’s been a few months and I can take a lot of confidence out of the game for myself,” Krul said.
“I’ve been working hard over the summer.
“But from a team point of view, it was never going to be easy. City are a top, top team - £100m has been invested in players.
“You’ve always got little doubts in your own head, and Monday took everything away. In the first four minutes I got those doubts out of my head - I was tested on my shoulder straight away.
“I was really, really happy with that. I’m back now, and hopefully I can play the remaining 37 Premier League games, like I did two years ago.”
Sam Allardyce’s West Ham won 1-0 at St James’s Park last season. The scorer? Nolan, of course.
Nolan, such an influential figure in the club’s revival, will again be looking to make a nuisance of himself in the box, as he did so many times in a black and white shirt.
Krul said: “They sneaked it last year - it was a typical Nolan goal!
“I know Kev. I’ve known him for a few years, and I’ve trained with him. I know what he does. I’m ready for him. He scored last year, and we have to make sure that doesn’t happen this Saturday.
“Last year we just couldn’t score, and they sneaked one goal.
“It’s always a tight game against Sam Allardyce’s teams - they’re 1-0 or 1-1. It’ll be a hard game, but it’s a good chance for us.”