Norwich City goalkeeper Tim Krul has thanked Newcastle United fans for giving him ‘amazing support’ on a ‘special night’ back at St James’ Park.
The 33-year-old made 185 appearances for the Toon Army, but similar to his old side, Noriwch were also desperately in need of Premier League points, in their own fight for survival.
Although Ciaran Clark got sent off in the ninth minute, which was labelled as a moment of ‘madness’ by Alan Shearer, Newcastle took the lead through Callum Wilson.
With club captain Jamaal Lascelles suspended, Wilson, who was wearing the armband, slotted home a penalty despite Krul’s best efforts in the 61st minute.
The Netherlands international tried all sorts of mind games to put off our number nine and was disappointed not to keep out Wilson’s spot kick after getting a strong hand to his strike.
Speaking to Norwich’s official website about the penalty, Krul said: “The penalty was really close. Wilson’s last three were down the middle, so I waited a bit longer to see if he was going to do it again, but it went against the crossbar and in.
“It’s a weird feeling being in front of the Gallowgate End as well.”
Eddie Howe’s side were half an hour away from securing their first Premier League win of the season.
But in the 79th minute, following a poor clearance from Martin Dubravka, Teemu Pukki lashed home a left-footed volley to bring the scores level.
The Canaries pushed for a late winner and nearly got it, following an individual error from Fabian Schar, but Dubravka redeemed himself with a pivotal save.
Following Clark’s early red card, Krul had a quiet evening and Wilson’s penalty was the only effort that Newcastle registered on target.
After the game, Krul posted on Instagram expressing his thanks to both sets of fans and the need for Norwich to kick on at Tottenham, whilst the club are in the midst of a four-match unbeaten run.
Krul added on the club’s website: “It’s amazing to have two clubs that I’ve played for with such amazing support.
“To look up and see the Norwich fans at St James’, which is a special place for me… I was here for 12 years, so it’s always a special night coming here.”
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