Newcastle goalkeeper Krul admits to poor form

Tim Krul has relieved he believes his own personal form has not been good enough as Newcastle United face being sucked into a battle to maintain their Premier League status, Sky Sports has reported.

Newcastle lost 2-1 to Everton in their first match of 2013 despite taking an early lead through Papiss Cisse, with first Leighton Baines and then Victor Anichebe replying for David Moyes’ side. Krul was beaten from long range by Baines’ swerving free-kick, the 18th match of the season in which Krul has failed to keep a clean sheet.

The Netherlands international thanked Alan Pardew, the Newcastle manager, for installing him as the club’s first choice goalkeeper but claimed his own performances have not been of a high enough standard, adding that he was keen to show Pardew that his faith had not been misplaced.

Krul said: “I can’t be happy with my performances and it hurts me a lot. I know the manager has shown trust in me, which is very important, but he gave me the chance here so I hope I can repay him.

The last two games we’ve played fantastic stuff, but we’ve conceded too many goals. When you’re putting a massive shift in and you’ve got zero points again, it hurts.

Newcastle are two points clear of the relegation zone, having won twice in their last 15 games.

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