Sunday 4 December 2016

Krul keeps Wolves out

Ian Parkes

Published 02/10/2011 | 05:00

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul produced a man-of-the-match display to keep the Magpies riding high in the Premier League.

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Krul conjured a handful of stunning saves as Wolves slumped to a fourth consecutive defeat, despite Steven Fletcher setting up a frantic finish with a diving header in the 88th minute.

With Krul in magnificent form at one end, it was Demba Ba and Jonas Gutierrez who saw United home at the other to extend their unbeaten top-flight run to 10 games

Inside the first 13 minutes it was evident as to why Newcastle can proudly boast the stingiest defence in the top flight, the Magpies conceding just four goals now in their first seven matches.

With less than two minutes on the clock, Dutchman Krul underlined his growing reputation, as the bedrock of United's back five. With Jamie O'Hara's 22-yard curling free-kick dipping towards the bottom corner, an alert Krul made a full-stretch save.

Eleven minutes later, Krul kept his wits about him as he used his face to block an attempted lob from Kevin Doyle on the edge of the area.

In the first of five minutes of added time, Wolves thought they had equalised. However, Doyle's close-range stab was ruled out as the cross in the build-up was adjudged to have gone over the dead-ball line.

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