Tim Krul made his debut for Brighton on Tuesday night.
The on-loan Newcastle keeper with a clean sheet over the 90 minutes but Bournemouth scoring once in the 30 minutes extra time to claim a League Cup third round victory.
Tim Krul hadn’t even previously made it onto the bench so far this season and after the game Chris Hughton explained what hadn’t been a universally popular decision.
The Brighton boss said ‘I had a tough decision to make and I went with Tim Krul because he was the one that needed the game’.
Finnish international goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa arrived at the Seagulls in summer 2017 and was back-up for David Stockdale over the course of the last two seasons, making only one league start in the Championship promotion season.
However, Maenpaa had played every cup match since his arrival, the ninth of those being the League Cup second round win over Barnet last month.
The Finnish keeper was on the bench for all five Premier League games this season (as number two to summer signing Mathew Ryan) but last night’s selection may suggest that Tim Krul is maybe set to be second choice in the coming weeks.
Chris Hughton talks about selection of Tim Krul:
“I felt he was very good and very assured.
“Some of the saves that he made weren’t very difficult but he needed to show good hands.
“Overall, it was a very assured performance.
“Niki Maenpaa was very unfortunate to miss out.
“I had a tough decision to make and I went with Tim Krul because he was the one that needed the game.
“He played one game in pre-season behind closed doors, so he hadn’t had so much game time, which is why he got the nod ahead of Niki.
“It was a difficult one but these are the decisions you have to make.”
“Great to get my first minutes in the cup for Brighton.
“Shame we didn’t win but lots of positives to take from it.”