ALAN Pardew is hoping Tim Krul “has a quieter afternoon” when Newcastle United go to White Hart Lane tomorrow.
The goalkeeper made a Premier League-record 14 saves away to Tottenham Hotspur last season.
Thanks to Krul’s heroics between the posts, Newcastle – who took the lead early through Loic Remy – claimed all three points.
And United manager Pardew, whose team claimed their first league win of the season last weekend, is targeting another victory against a team who were in Europa League action on Thursday night.
Erik Lamela scored a stunning rabona goal in Tottenham’s Europa 5-1 win over Asteras Tripolis, meaning Krul will again have to be alert.
“I do hope he has a quieter afternoon,” said Pardew. “He had to produce three really outstanding saves. It was his top performance of last year.
“Looking at Spurs this year, they have been hot and cold.
“When they are hot, they are really hot, but they have had a couple of cold weeks, and we hope we can cash in on one of those and exploit it.”
Pardew feels Krul – who famously came off the bench for Holland in the summer’s World Cup finals for their penalty shootout success against Costa Rica – will improve year by year as he gains experience.
“Tim is a player who is going to get even better,” said Pardew. “That is the beauty with him.
“He has great experience already but with age, keepers improve.
“They understand the angles and opposition players more as they grow older.
“As long as they do not lose that spring and alertness – and Tim is too young for that – they are going to improve, and he goes back there an even better player.
“He is up there with the best goalies I have ever worked with, and I have worked with one or two good ones.
“He is right at the top of that list at the moment.”
Meanwhile, Lamela’s strike has been the talk of football over the past 48 hours.
Pardew said: “It was amazing.
“I haven’t really seen that on the training ground when the ball is coming across like that, at that pace. To hit it like that was amazing. “
Asked if a Newcastle player could execute such a shot, he added: “We have one or two who can do it from a dead ball situation when they just manoeuvre it.
“But I don’t think I have ever seen a goal quite like that in training, let alone in a match.”
– MILES STARFORTH