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Tim Krul: This league is unforgiving

18 July 2020

Tim Krul provided an honest assessment of the Burnley game on Saturday, after a 2-0 defeat to the Clarets.

Speaking to he said: “It’s difficult to find words if I’m honest. I think we’ve let ourselves down a little bit over the last few weeks, I’ve said it before. At the start of the season I definitely thought we had enough in this squad to be staying up.

“There’s obviously been more reasons, I don’t want to chuck too many excuses on it but with injuries, seeing Zimbo [Christoph Zimmermann] back today is the only positive. We’ve definitely missed him this year, he’s a rock.

“All centre-halves have been injured in some way this season and I think there’s been a big doubt. To analyse today, you nearly can’t.

“I’m really proud of the effort in the second-half, the way we defended with nine men, Ben [Godfrey] in particular blocking and heading everything with Zimbo. It’s hard that he scored an own goal. If you go with nine men in the second-half, the game is over.”

“Zimbo is a massive player for us, he’s shown it for years now and he’s a leader we’ve been missing. I’m pleased to see him back, he’s been working extremely hard in the background, but at the end of the day the season is over and that’s the hardest thing to take.”

Speaking on performances since the restart, Krul says although the right intentions were in place, the quality simply hasn’t been present.

“We’ve been in some games; we just haven’t been able to nick a draw and it’s frustrating. This league is unforgiving, and you can see that today. It’s hard enough with eleven men and to go down with nine is highly disappointing.

“Fans are not here; we haven’t been able to give them anything after the break. It’s been very disappointing since we have returned. 

"We haven’t been able to turn things around, the intentions were there, we’ve worked hard. The quality just hasn’t been there the last few months.”

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