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Pardew hails Krul performance

11 Nov 2013 08:31:58

Pardew hails Krul performance

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew heaped praise on goalkeeper Tim Krul for an inspired performance which Tottenham counterpart Andre Villas-Boas felt was the only difference between the sides at White Hart Lane.

The 25-year-old produced one of the Premier League's best-ever goalkeeping performances, with his 14 saves the most seen in a single top-flight match since the 2006-07 season.

The stops varied from the simple to the sublime and were the catalyst in Newcastle collecting a 1-0 win in north London, courtesy of Loic Remy's first-half strike.

Asked if it was that was the best goalkeeping performance he had seen, Magpies boss Alan Pardew said: "Yeah, it was one of them. Wow. I think he is the best goalie in Holland and I think he proved that today.

"His performance level has not needed to be high recently as we have not come under that sort of pressure too often, but we did today.

"Certainly in the second half Tottenham really turned up the heat and he answered almost everything. It was an unbelievable performance."

Tottenham boss Villas-Boas echoed those sentiments, having seen his players thwarted time and again.

"Well, it was difficult to take," the Portuguese said.

"Obviously we have to look at ourselves and recognise that our first half was very, very poor.

"That is the negative part of the game and the positive part is that we have reacted so strongly. I think that the result is unfair, given what we created, particularly in the second half.

"I think Tim Krul was the key to the game. He made the difference.

"Newcastle made a good start and we made a poor start ourselves, so we've responded with a good second half but that 45-minute advantage was probably the blow for us.

"Our disappointment comes from that, although I still think had one of those opportunities gone in we would have won the game."

Krul, though, was not to be beaten, producing fantastic saves to deny Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Gylfi Sigurdsson amongst others.

The save from Soldado's first-half header was Pardew's favourite, although there were so many he admitted it was hard to keep track of them all.

Pardew was also quick to praise his strike force of Shola Ameobi and Remy, who netted his seventh goal in as many league matches.

"We did similar to what we did when we won against Chelsea," Pardew added..

"I thought Remy had a great chance before he scored and I was a little bit surprised he did not take that because he really is in great form.

"But the second one he made no mistake with and it gave us a platform for the win.

"He has got a silkiness to the way he moves and a nice kind of gait, the way he runs and everything. He really is a classy-looking performer, which is great if you back it up with goals.

"It kind of elevates him and he stands out, but I thought Shola Ameobi was terrific in the 60 minutes he played. He was as important as Loic, I thought."


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