Krul show pleases Pardew
Alan Pardew was delighted to maintain his side's unbeaten start to the season and has hailed Tim Krul's influence in it.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 28/08/11 5:11pm
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was delighted to maintain his side's unbeaten start to the season and hailed goalkeeper Tim Krul's hand in the achievement.
Krul, who appears to have established himself as Pardew's No.1, has started each of Newcastle's four games this season and has impressed on each occasion.
The Dutchman was instrumental again on Sunday, as Newcastle earned a 2-1 win over Fulham at St James' Park - their second win in three Premier League games.
Denying Steve Sidwell and Danny Murphy headers from point-blank range, Pardew was equally impressed with the 23-year-old's ever-improving presence.
"He's been great in all our games so far," Pardew told Sky Sports. He made some reaction saves today but it's his presence that's starting to look really good for us.
"He came and took a couple of big crosses today and they're a threat are Fulham from set-plays as they showed with the goal they scored, but we're very pleased for Tim."
Clint Dempsey grabbed Fulham's goal from Murphy's delivery, but it was too little too late for the Cottagers, who had already fallen behind to a Leon Best double.
After winning at rivals Sunderland last weekend, Newcastle secured a 2-1 Carling Cup win at Scunthorpe on Thursday, and Pardew is impressed with how his side are coping with squad rotation.
"We've rotated the squad this week and we've come away with three wins. As a manager, you can't ask for more," he said.
"We struggled in the first 20 minutes, I thought Fulham really took the sting out of us by retaining the ball and they had a threatening period in which we could have conceded.
"But we changed it a little bit and gained some momentum towards the end of the first-half and then by the start of the second-half I thought we deserved to be winning.
It was Newcastle's first game since influential midfielder Joey Barton left for Queens Park Rangers and Pardew admits his absence was felt, but is proud of how his midfield coped without him.
"We just lost a little bit of control at the end which was a shame," said Pardew.
"Joey would have given us a little bit more control today, we were always going to miss player like that, but we coped well today in the midfield.
"Danny Murphy was a problem for us every time he had the ball but we coped. At times, we bossed that area."
Meanwhile, two- goal hero Best answered a few critics with a tap-in and a well-taken second, and Pardew, under pressure to hand summer signing Demba Ba a starting role, welcomes the selection headache.
Pardew said: "He's always given me a selection headache because he wants to score goals. He's got his chance [in the team] and he's taken it.
"He was so unlucky last year because he got off to a flying start last term, scoring six goals in eight games or something, but then he got injured.
"He's trying to make an impact in the Premier League and he's done it today."
Pardew also repeated his desire to spend some of the board's money before next week's transfer window closes.
He said: "I can't reiterate to the board any more here that we need players and we need to get them over the line this week.
"I am frustrated that we haven't got a couple of bodies in yet, and I think Derek [Llambias] and Mike [Ashley] are frustrated as well.
"Hopefully, we will get it over the line this week."