TIM Krul enjoyed a happy homecoming to The Hague at the weekend - but would have been even more delighted with a victory.
The Newcastle United goalkeeper returned to his home region and the Den Haag club he joined from school in 1996.
It was a fairly relaxed afternoon for Krul, who was rarely troubled as the United defence kept the home strikers at bay.
He said: “It was another good game for us. We didn’t concede any goals and that is great for the defence and me, and I thought we played pretty well.
“It was nice to be back and see some old friends. I have great memories of being with Den Haag who helped me to get a move to England and Newcastle.
“I had eight years at the club, and I will always be grateful for what they did for me. There was a lot of the Krul family at the game.
“It would have been better to win the game and we had enough chance to score, but right now getting everyone fit is the main thing.”
While the Newcastle defence was solid, they lacked a cutting edge up front, although Shola Ameobi had what looked like a good goal ruled out for offside.
Without Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye, the Magpies struggled for creativity, and boss Alan Pardew must decide whether to play the two Frenchman in tomorrow night’s friendly at Hartlepool United.
Pardew said: “Hartlepool will be another good test for us.
“We are just lacking a bit of creativity, which is probably to be expected in pre-season, so I’d like to see us score some goals and win the match.”