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Pardew Uses Stand-In To Highlight Tim Krul’s Weakness

8 years ago

Alan Pardew said before the match that Rob Elliot had deserved his chance because he’d worked so hard and the keeper didn’t let his manager down against Southampton.

When you are making your Premier League debut for a club, the last thing you want to do, especially for a keeper, is to concede an early goal…

Credit to Tim Krul’s stand-in though because while there was little he could have done about the goals, he put in a really good shift and this is what his manager had to say about him afterwards;

“After the first goal, Robbie was terrific. He took some excellent crosses and looked very accomplished.

He kicked really well and his distribution is going to add to us. He’s very accurate and that helped us”.

I can’t help but smile at Alan Pardew bigging Rob Elliot’s distribution up, as this is one part of Tim Krul’s game that definitely needs work on. I personally though Elliot’s quick throws were excellent, both for their distance and accuracy.

Maybe it is Pardew’s subtle, or is that not so subtle(!), way of reminding his number one keeper that there is always room for improvement.

As well as the distribution, Rob was very good on crosses and the pick of his saves was from a free-kick just after half-time – watch our ‘From The (Very High!) Terraces’ Video footage;
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