Krul has reasons to be cheerful

Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Fulham was less than that for which
manager Chris Hughton, his players and the club’s supporters had
hoped, but it was at least an improvement on their 2-1 midweek
defeat by Blackburn, their third in the Premier League at St James’
Park so far this season. It is a measure of the almost surreal
world in which Newcastle seem to operate that they will head for
Bolton, the division’s latest unlikely high-flyers, more confident
of returning with a result than they are at home. For the record,
only eight of the 18 points the Magpies have collected to date have
been won on Tyneside with victories at West Ham, Everton and
Arsenal and a draw at Wolves, accounting for the rest. In the
circumstances, the stalemate against a Fulham side which has not
won a league game on the road since the opening day of last season
may not be a big deal, although Krul was philosophical. He said:
“Chris said he wanted a reaction from us after Wednesday, and I
think we were better than Fulham, but sometimes you have to be
happy with a draw. “Fulham are a good side and they have some great
players and we must be happy. To be honest, we had our
opportunities and we worked our socks off. “We showed the passion
and we had our opportunities, but it wasn’t to be and I would
rather take a point than lose, as we did on Wednesday. “We have to
be happy with what we did. We have conceded some sloppy goals this
season, so to get the first clean sheet at home is always a good
thing. “The form we are in, we showed again on Saturday we are
capable of competing with any team, and I am looking forward to
going to Bolton.”