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Tim Krul reflects on epic FA Cup victory

5 March 2020

Tim Krul was beaming with pride after a memorable FA Cup night at Tottenham Hotspur.

The Norwich City stopper saved two penalties in the shootout against Josh Mourinho's sideafter the sides couldn’t be separated after 120 minutes.

His saves, combined with ruthless spot-kicks from Adam Idah, Marco Stiepermann and Todd Cantwell, saw the Canaries progress to their first quarter final since 1992.

“The emotions are running high,” said Krul to straight after the game. “So much goes through your head on a moment like that. I’m so proud of this club to be in the quarter finals.

“Just to see the 9,000 fans and all the staff at the club as well – what a night and it’s just another memorable night for this club.

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“I’ve already had a crazy 18 months here but it just keeps on going.

“When the first one [penalty] went in, I was thinking to myself: ‘You better start saving them soon because everyone is saying you’re going to do it!’

“There was big pressure but I’m buzzing. I do a lot of homework with Ed Wootten, our goalie coach, who prepares me massively.

“Of course, he gave me the bottle with all the details on it as well. I’m just so proud because we deserved it.

“We were on top, yes they had moments where they were dangerous but I think we did enough to walk away with this amazing memorable win.”

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As well as the penalty saves, there were also a number of crucial moments in the game Krul was keen to highlight.

“Ben Godfrey’s clearance off the line, don’t forget that. It’s all about putting your bodies on the line with tackles.

“I said to Adam [for his penalty]: “make sure you smash it, don’t mess about with it” and he goes and puts it in the top corner.

“For Todd to do that as well, under so much pressure, they’ve got some amazing talent already, but to do that in front of their home [Spurs] fans, they stepped up and delivered.

“The togetherness with the crowd at the end – this will lift us. It’s a home game in the next round and we cannot wait for that.

“The prize is Wembley. This club is special – I’ve said it from the start. We’ve been on a journey and I still feel we can turn this around. This will help for sure with the togetherness and the belief.”

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