Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul hopes that Saturday’s clash against Chelsea at St James’ Park might be an opportunity to break the losing streak of the team.
The Magpies poor form started in the latter part of last season as from that time, they have only won one out of their last 17 league clashes. However, their goalkeeper strongly believes, that they may be able to turn things around on Saturday against Chelsea.
Krul told Newcastle’s official website:
“We need to be better than that, as a team and individually,”
”Everybody has to look at themselves in the mirror and ask if they gave everything. If not, they have to start straight away, because what we are doing at the moment is really not good enough.”
“A couple of players put in good performances but there were also some really bad ones.”
“The team we put out was more than good enough to win this game, and they didn’t really trouble us. But if you don’t score, you give them hope. That’s what we did and they took advantage.”
“The goal was just a long ball which dropped down and the shot got a deflection to take it in. That’s their game – the Championship long ball – but we knew that and should have dealt with it so much better.”
Asked about Newcastle’s disastrous start to the Premier League campaign he said:
“We are doing alright in some areas but the end product just isn’t there.”
“You have to be honest enough to say that we are getting up there and playing some good stuff to get there, but it’s all about the final quality in the final third, which just isn’t happening.”
“I’m not just blaming the forward though because we need to look at the whole team. Defensively we haven’t been on top form yet – nobody has been.”
“Everybody needs to grow now. We need to come out and show we are real men.”
“Chelsea and Manchester City are two massive games and we have to show that we’ve got the fight for it.”
In a few words also describe their expectations for Saturday’s match:
“We have to try and turn it around on Saturday against Chelsea, with 50,000 Geordies being that extra man that we really need right now. Hopefully they will give us the confidence and lift we need.
“We need them behind us but we need to show them something, too, and give them something to shout about. It’s a two-way street.
“Saturday is a new game and we have to show the fans fight and passion, and everybody needs to put in a proper performance.”