TIM Krul says the time for excuses is over at Newcastle United – and it’s now time to start putting points on the board.
Krul and his team-mates face fellow strugglers Reading at St James’s Park on Saturday.
And the goalkeeper admits the club, which is lying just two points above the Premier League’s drop zone ahead of the six-pointer, is in a relegation “dogfight”.
Newcastle ended a run of four successive defeats with a goalless draw at Norwich City last weekend.
With key players coming back from injury – and new signing Mathieu Debuchy available – Krul insists there can be no excuses for United over the coming weeks as they attempt to pull away from relegation troubnle.
“It’s still a dogfight, especially with the other results (last weekend),” Krul told SportMail.
“We’ve had injuries, but we’re not going to make excuses – they’re in the past now.
“We need to kick on from here and beat Reading. We want to be looking back up the table, and to do that, we need a few wins under our belt. That’ll give us some breathing space.
“It’s important to win against Reading. We’ll have 52,000 Geordies behind us screaming for a win.”
While United lacked attacking ambition at Carrow Road – lone striker Papiss Demba Cisse cut an isolated figure at times – Pardew’s side defended far better than of late.
And Krul – who maintains the dressing room spirit is good – says Newcastle were due a bit of luck late in the game when Anthony Pilkington put an effort over the bar.
“The spirit is good,” he said. “We could’ve lost (against Norwich) in the last second, and then things would’ve been different.
“That was a bit of luck, and we needed it. Last season everything went for us.”