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.”

Tim Krul:

“Great to get my first minutes in the cup for Brighton.

“Shame we didn’t win but lots of positives to take from it.”



  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    If he regains his form Brighton have got a top keeper, only games will get him up to speed

  • Jimblag23

    Where does it say the decision wasn’t popular?
    Am I missing something?

    • Rich Lawson

      I don’t think so and the more game time he gets he will just get better,I hope to God they put an inclusion in the loan contract that he can’t play against us cos if anyone has a point to prove it’s him ?

    • Keeganontherebound

      I think it’s a reference to the other goalkeeper who is used to playing in the cups. But ‘Other goalkeepers in squad would rather be in team ahead of Krul’ would be a bit less catchy I suppose 😂
      Good luck to Tim, I hope he gets back to his best – as long as that doesn’t involve keeping Brighton up at our expense. It seemed a weird decision to let him go but then again, he could’t get in the Ajax team last year and there was very little interest in him before he was loaned out just before the window closed. Seems most coaches, including Rafa, think he’s not the same player after his injuries…

  • Martin Roberts

    “Tim Krul is maybe set to be second choice now and potentially make the matchday 18 on Sunday”

    He’s on loan from NUFC – how can he be included against his parent club?

    • Paul Smith

      Not anymore. He’s signed a permanent 1 year deal with them today.

      • Martin Roberts

        Just seen that. My comment was correct at the time I made it :-)