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Tim Krul: On another day, we could have beaten Bournemouth

19 October 2019

Tim Krul was delighted with Norwich City’s performance at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday but he felt they could have easily walked away with all three points.

The Canaries kept their first clean sheet of the season in a goalless draw with AFC Bournemouth, thanks to a solid defensive display all-round.

Daniel Farke’s team grew in confidence with each passing minute and went close on a number of occasions in the second-half to breaking the deadlock and giving them a chance at snatching the victory.

However, Krul was chuffed with the point: “Going away in the Premier League and walking away with a clean sheet and a point is a really great result.

“We could have maybe even sneaked it at the end. We’ve had some good chances, we didn’t sit back and had a right go.

“On another day, maybe we’d have nicked one. But after three losses, it’s a solid, solid team performance.

“It’s all about confidence in this game. You felt a bit of nervousness in the first 20 minutes but then after that, we started winning second balls and started getting control of the game.

“We looked really solid and we’ve played them off the park in the second-half. On another day, we walk away with three points.”

Krul spent the final 40 minutes playing behind a central defensive partnership of Ibrahim Amadou and Alex Tettey, who are both holding midfielders by trade.

The Dutchman was full of praise for the shift the pair put in.

“It’s the position that we need boys back for as soon as possible. Ibrahim was outstanding today. He’s had a couple of difficult weeks but that showed that quality that he’s got.

“He isn’t hiding away and he took the goals conceded on chin. He’s now put in an immense performance in my opinion.

“We need leaders on the pitch. Alex showed what we needed in there, we need cool heads, and you saw it rub off on the other lads.”

On a personal level, Krul was delighted to notch his first clean sheet of the season and he hopes the team will take their performance forward into the future.

“At the end of the day, goalkeepers are judged on their clean sheets. It’s rewarding to leave today with one because the lads put in a great shift.

“They put their bodies on the line, Tom Trybull got hit in the face near the end. Ben Godfrey as well, hopefully his hernia isn’t too bad. I’m really proud of them because it gives us lots of confidence going into next week.

“Carrow Road will be buzzing next week for the visit of Manchester United. It’s a really big game.”

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