Krul to fight for place

Dutchman not prepared to step aside for returning Harper

Krul: Ready for fight

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Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul has reiterated his determination to keep a place in the club's starting line-up.

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The young Dutchman has been playing in the Magpies' first XI since No.1 Steve Harper, who famously served as deputy to Shay Given for several years, sustained a shoulder injury in September.

Krul has made the most of his opportunity and some assured performances have led to suggestions that he could be in contention for a call-up to the Holland national side.

But Harper was back among the Newcastle substitutes for Saturday evening's win over Liverpool to imply that the 35-year-old is not far off first-team fitness and a return.

It remains to be seen whether new boss Alan Pardew will keep faith in Krul, but the 22-year-old is not prepared to simply step aside.

Fantastic

"It's going to be a nice fight because Steve, of course, is a friend of mine as well," he told Newcastle's official website. "We're just going to fight for it and see who wins."

The win over Liverpool marked Pardew's first match in charge and gave Newcastle fans a reason to cheer after last week's shock sacking of former boss Chris Hughton.

Krul was happy with the victory, as he added: "I think we both had chances. They had some chances and I'm just glad we walked away with the three points.

"Luck has been against us and it went for us and we scored some great goals.

"The lads dug deep and it was fantastic to get a win. Hopefully we'll move one way - and that's up. It's what the fans deserve."

Who should be Newcastle's first-choice goalkeeper?

  • Tim Krul
  • Steve Harper