Tim Krul takes the ‘rough’ with the smooth at Newcastle


TIM Krul says things are finally looking up for Newcastle United – after a “rough patch”.

Krul and his team-mates had a far from smooth start to the year.

The club’s season took a turn for the worse in January, and a series of Premier League defeats saw Newcastle fall behind the teams challenging for European football.

But back to back victories over Hull City and Aston Villa have moved the club to within five points of sixth-placed Manchester United.

Goalkeeper Krul feels United – who take on basement club Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday – have reignited a once-promising campaign with 10 games left to play.

“I think the two wins have been fantastic,” Krul told the Gazette.

“You want to play in the next three days – we want to keep this run going – but it’ll give us a nice rest, and we can kick on from there.

“Hopefully, this has kick-started our season again.”

Krul feels Newcastle, Europa League quarter-finalists last term, can still challenge for European football, despite the ground lost since the turn of the year.

But the 25-year-old added: “There are no easy games. We see it as 10 cup finals.

“We’ve got everything to play for. We can look up again, and that’s really nice.

“We’ve had a rough patch. I’ve said it before, the Premier League has everything – massive highs and massive lows, unfortunately.

“That’s what the Premier League is about. It’s 38 games – a long, long season – and we’ve got 10 games to go.

“There are still a lot of points to play for.”

United beat Villa thanks to an injury-time goal from Loic Remy, and Krul believes the forward’s 13th strike of the season could prove a turning point.

“The last-minute winner gave every single person in the stadium a massive boost, and it showed (against Hull),” he said.

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