Tim Krul confident in Newcastle ability
Tim Krul has said Newcastle have nothing to fear as they prepare to face the Premier League’s best during a testing set of Autumn fixtures.
The Magpies, in mid-table after seven games of the season, have improved on last season’s poor away form, going into the international break after a 2-1 victory at Cardiff City.
And goalkeeper Krul feels that confidence is high amongst the squad with games against Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham on the horizon.
"It’s going to be a fantastic month," he told the Journal. "We’ve got a very hard run of games, but now we look forward to those games and go into them with the confidence off the back of a very good away win.
"We have to work for each other every game and we showed that against Cardiff. You need the positivity around the place. We’ve had a bit of a hard time of late, but we can look on the positive side again and take that into the rest of the season.
“It is frustrating that we now split up and go our separate ways for international week -- we would have liked the next game to come quickly.
"We need to be a little bit more consistent and I think we have showed what quality we do have.“
United’s up and down start to the season saw more questions raised about the future of manager Alan Pardew, and Krul said pressure was only to be expected.
"There is pressure every week for the manager and us as players," he added. "We reacted in the right way after the Hull and Everton games [both defeats]. Yes, we didn’t play well in that first half against Everton, but we have to take the responsibility for that, not the manager because it was individual mistakes that cost us that night."
Despite their solid away form, poor home form has seen Newcastle win only once at St James’ Park this season, where they suffered a 3-2 defeat to newly-promoted Hull last month.
But Krul said: "We have ten points after seven games. We’ve already had a few wake-up calls and we know we can’t take anything for granted in this league. But we have to keep going and build on what we did second half against Everton and in the Cardiff game."
He praised striker Loic Remy, saying: "Loic’s on fire. I think he would like the next game to come now the way he is playing. He’s a fantastic player."