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Tim Krul: It was a professional performance against Swansea

8 March 2019

Tim Krul believed Norwich City displayed different but important qualities in their 1-0 victory over Swansea City at Carrow Road.

In a tight game under the lights, Swansea made things difficult for the Canaries but a moment of brilliance from Emi Buendia in the 54th minute helped the hosts to another vital three points.

After producing free-flowing football on a regular basis this season, Krul was pleased he and his teammates showing resilience and character to see out the victory.

"A massive win again," he declared in an interview with canaries.co.uk. "It was a really professional performance.

"I'm pleased because we showed some real character in the second-half to be able to see the game out. That's the biggest positive to take from this game.

"Swansea weren't an easy side today. We knew they were going to be a great possession team but I think they surprised us how good they were.

"First-half, they were, in my opinion, Premier League-class. They outplayed us and I think we just changed our system a little bit in the way of pressing in the second-half and I think it suited us more.

"But it's nice to be able to cope with that kind of thing and to walk away with a clean sheet and three points."

With the game being on a Friday night, Krul was pleased to get the job done ahead of City's promotion rivals playing on the Saturday.

"Especially [to win] on a Friday night, you know that the competition is playing tomorrow and we've put the pressure on them," he added.

"It's the best way. We've done our bit now. They would have looked at this game and saw it wasn't our best performance.

"But we showed a really great resilience and team spirit which is massive."

Krul went on to admit City weren't at their best, but urged fans to stick by the team for the games ahead.

"We've showed the fans a lot of great goals this season and it's normal for them to expect we're going to roll teams over.

"You're going to face some difficult sides. Hull City [on Wednesday] is not going to be easy, they've been on a great run.

"Jamal [Lewis], Max [Aarons], Ben [Godfrey] and Zimbo [Christoph Zimmermann] at the back were really strong. It's just nice to have that unity. We've believe in each other and put our bodies on the line for each other.

"We're going to have moments when the other team is in a better period and we're up against it. We've conceded a lot of corners and we were under the cosh today. 

"This is when you need your fans. They were there and I just need to keep saying to them: 'Even on Wednesday, get behind us.'"


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