Norwich City goalkeeper Tim Krul was disappointed with the draw to Newcastle at St James’ Park, saying he thinks the three points should be coming back home.
“I’m a bit disappointed, I think we could’ve got the three points in the end. I think we played well and created enough chances, but in the end, the final pass wasn’t good enough or we just missed a few chances.
“[Martin] Dubravka made a really good save, that first header from Kenny [McLean], a free header as well. We did everything to deserve a win, I think, but yeah at the end of the day it’s a point.”
Newcastle showed good resolve in their defence, managing to keep City’s attackers at bay for majority of the match. Krul thinks that City did everything they could to get the much-needed winner, and couldn’t do much more.
“I don’t think we could’ve done much more, we created enough, we got in their box enough times, it’s just that final bit of quality was lacking today. It’s a shame, because this was definitely a big opportunity to keep pushing on.
“But, at the end of the day we just have to take the positives and keep pushing hard and hope it will fall our way when we play Liverpool at home.”
Notable performances from Grant Hanley and Christoph Zimmermann left Newcastle attackers frustrated at the lacking prospects of finding a goal of their own, with Krul full of praise for both them and the team.
“They had some good blocks, Grant [Hanley] was solid, [Christoph] Zimmermann a leader as usual. Kenny [McLean] was running everywhere and some top performances. Like I said, it’s more of a frustrated feeling at the moment than anything else really.”
Newcastle have made it a habit recently to score goals late on but struggled to even get out of their own half late against City, something Krul says was a job well done.
“I thought we had the upper hand at the end. Newcastle are always dangerous, they’ve got some top players up front, some tricky, quick wingers, so you’ve always got to be on guard for that. I think we kept them quiet. It’s a difficult place to come to, St James’, so we managed well, it’s just a shame.”
With the winter break now taking hold, the players are left to anticipate a big tie against Liverpool at Carrow Road coming up. Krul thinks that it’s a winnable game, they just need to keep the confidence they’ve been building over the weeks.
“We take a lot of confidence out of what we’ve done the last few weeks. Even the Tottenham game, I know we lost, but to go there and give them a right good go, a lot of confidence. I think the fans will see it again, we’ve been playing so well, the last 12-13 games. We don’t give up. That’s the most important message.”
“Big fixture at home, we’re in a good shape. We’ve added some good quality players, Ondrej [Duda] and Lukas [Rupp]. There are 13 games to go, and we’ve got to give everything we’ve got, leave everything out on that pitch. Hopefully it’ll be enough in the end.”