We were a bit lucky admits Newcastle keeper Tim Krul

LUCKY BOY: Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul brings down Chimbinho in the area only for the referee to show a yellow card to the Atromitos striker. Picture by FRANK REID

LUCKY BOY: Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul brings down Chimbinho in the area only for the referee to show a yellow card to the Atromitos striker. Picture by FRANK REID

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TIM Krul admits Newcastle United rode their luck on the way into the Europa League’s group stage.

The goalkeeper and his team-mates beat Atromitos 1-0 in the second leg of their qualifier last night, giving them a 2-1 aggregate victory.

Haris Vuckic opened the scoring after a dominant start from Newcastle.

But the Greek side fought back, and should have had a penalty late in the first half after a prone Krul clipped Chimbinho as he attempted to reach for the ball.

However, referee Stephan Studer booked Da Silva for simulation.

Atromitos had another penalty claim rejected in the second half, and Elini Dimoutsos shot narrowly wide from 10 yards in a nervy finale.

Afterwards, a candid Krul admitted Atromitos had deserved a goal for their efforts.

“Sometimes it doesn’t matter how you do it,” Krul said.

“Sometimes you don’t deserve a clean sheet, and you get one, and sometimes you deserve a clean sheet, and don’t get one.

“We didn’t deserve this one. We were a bit lucky, especially with the incident in the first half.

“Sometimes you have to take that - you ride your own luck.

“I’m glad (the referee) saw my side, but it was a tricky one. I think he tried to make the most of it - that’s what the referee was saying.

“I did get a touch on him, but he tried to make the most of it. That’s why he gave him a yellow.