Krul: Relegation helped us

The Magpies were relegated from the top tier in May 2009 and,

fighting financial difficulties at the time, many predicted a bleak

future for Newcastle United. Current manager Chris Hughton was

installed as boss and shipped out some big names, including Damien

Duff, before guiding the side towards the Championship title last

term. Dutch youngster Krul, given an extended run in the team of

late due to injury to Steve Harper, believes the team spirit

benefited the most from that relegation and insists they are now

reaping the benefits back in the top flight. “I think we needed to

start from scratch with relegation last year,” Krul told The

Independent. “I think it proved the world of good to be honest, we

needed to start again. Look at us now – we came back a healthier,

stable squad. “We came up with this group. The boys who wanted to

leave, they left. These are the ones who really wanted to stay and

that gives us an extra special touch to it.” Krul faces his first

North East derby with Sunderland on Sunday but, after last

weekend’s impressive win at Upton Park, the 22-year-old is in

confident mood. “Derbies are always difficult to call but with us

winning last week we have extra confidence this time going into

this game,” he said. “We absolutely dominated West Ham at their

ground and we have to do that again,” added Krul, who appears

unfazed by his own goal against Arsenal in Newcastle’s midweek

Carling Cup defeat. The former ADO Den Haag youth believes

team-mate and friend Andy Carroll will prove vital in Sunday’s

clash at St James’ Park, and Krul insists the big striker is

destined to become a full England international. “I grew up with

him, I really get on with him,” said Krul of Carroll. “Everybody

said last year because he scored so many goals in the Championship

he has to do it in the Premier League and he has already scored

five. “[He has made] a lot of assists as well, he is very important

for Newcastle. He is a great talent for England as well, he will do

that sooner or later.”