Krul luck for Spurs as Newcastle grab 1-0 win

Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:43am EST
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul performed heroics at White Hart Lane on Sunday as the Magpies beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 and left the north Londoners five points adrift of north London rivals Arsenal.

With Premier League leaders Arsenal playing later at champions Manchester United, Spurs had a golden opportunity to go level on points with second-placed Liverpool who thrashed Fulham 4-0 on Saturday.

They had not bargained for Krul playing out of his skin, getting a hand to everything that came his way in a one-man wall between the posts.

"I'm delighted, I'm over the moon...this is a highlight of my career," grinned the flying Dutchman who was man of the match after making 14 saves, the most by a Premier League goalkeeper in a match this season.

"These kind of games don't happen very often. Three points away at Tottenham is a fantastic result."

The focus was on both goalkeepers from the start, with Hugo Lloris left out of the Tottenham squad on medical advice after the French international had been knocked unconscious at Everton last week.

The 42-year-old Brad Friedel had to make a couple of saves early on but was powerless to prevent the livewire Loic Remy firing Newcastle in front after 13 minutes on a crisp but sunny afternoon.

The Frenchman picked up a beautifully-measured pass from Yoan Gouffran to beat the offside trap, dart around the goalkeeper and stab home for his seventh league goal of the season.   Continued...

Newcastle United's goalkeeper Tim Krul celebrates after beating Tottenham Hotspur in their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane in London, November 10, 2013. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh