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Krul – ‘It Smells Like Team Spirit’

9 years ago
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The average fan was worried enough during the January transfer window but it’s hard to get into your head that the players might have been similarly on edge, Tim Krul speaking to the Northern Echo;

“There was definitely relief that the transfer window passed. It is fantastic that we have been able to keep the squad together and to keep the group together and on top of that we now have a top class striker added too. That’s the way we will progress as a football club. We can push on now, everyone feels like that – we have 30-odd points and we can really progress now”.

We’re used to football players saying all kinds of things but our own eyes back up what our goalkeeper had to say about team spirit and the players pulling together this season;

“We’ve seen everything at this club over the last few years and we’ve had lots thrown at us already this season but everyone believes in each other, everyone works for each other and that’s the most important thing. The major plus over the last few weeks has just been the attitude of the boys. We said before the Blackburn game that if our attitude is right then we can beat anyone and we believe that.

We fought for each other – there were tackles, blocks, a clearance off the line again. I think it was a proper Premier League game.

We’ve had a disappointing couple of games but we always believe in each other. That is the most important thing. We know our targets and we’re far above them.

We’re flying – our confidence is sky high and we’re ready for the Sunday game”.

Even though there is a massive difference in the ability of various players in the Newcastle squad there definitely seems to be a common aim, with them all coming together as a team and with the points to show for it.

I have to say that this is in total contrast to what happened previously, as in particular Joey Barton wasn’t slow to have a go at players who he felt had cocked things up on the pitch. While clearly there were certain players like Barton, Smith and Nolan who appeared to get a bit carried away with the power they allegedly had under Chris Hughton.

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