Pardew praises Krul after win at Spurs
NEWCASTLE manager Alan Pardew heaped praise on goalkeeper Tim Krul for yesterday's inspired performance, which Tottenham counterpart Andre Villas-Boas felt was the only difference between the sides at White Hart Lane.
The 25-year-old produced one of the Premier League's best-ever goalkeeping performances, with his 14 saves the most seen in a single top-flight match since the 2006-07 season.
The stops were the catalyst in Newcastle collecting a 1-0 win in north London, courtesy of Loic Remy's first half strike.
Asked if it was that was the best goalkeeping performance he had seen, Magpies boss Alan Pardew said: "Yeah, it was one of them. Wow. I think he is the best goalie in Holland and I think he proved that today.
"His performance level has not needed to be high recently as we have not come under that sort of pressure too often, but we did today.
"Certainly in the second half, Tottenham really turned up the heat and he answered almost everything. It was an unbelievable performance."
Tottenham boss Villas-Boas echoed those sentiments, having seen his players thwarted time and again.
"Well, it was difficult to take," the Portuguese said.
"Obviously, we have to look at ourselves and recognise that our first half was very, very poor. That is the negative part of the game and the positive part is that we have reacted so strongly.
"I think that the result is unfair, given what we created, particularly in the second half.
"I think Tim Krul was the key to the game. He made the difference.
"Newcastle made a good start and we made a poor start ourselves, so we've responded with a good second half, but that 45-minute advantage was probably the blow for us.
"Our disappointment comes from that, although I still think had one of those opportunities gone in we would have won the game."
Krul, though, was not to be beaten, producing fantastic saves to deny Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Gylfi Sigurdsson amongst others.
Pardew was also quick to praise his strike force of Shola Ameobi and Remy, who netted his seventh goal in as many league matches.
"We did similar to what we did when we won against Chelsea," Pardew added.