Krul hits back at criticism of Defoe congratulations

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul has replied to criticism of his congratulations of Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe at half-time of the Tyne-Wear derby, Sky Sports has reported.

Krul was seen sharing a moment with Defoe in the tunnel of Sunday’s match, Defoe shortly before the interval scoring a spectacular volley that proved to be the winner. Krul was spotted sharing a joke with Defoe and appearing to congratulate him on his goal, raising the ire of former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher, who was covering the match as a television pundit.

Carragher was heavily critical of Krul for smiling with Defoe, suggesting that he should take a derby game more seriously. Krul, however, pointed out that he has been a Newcastle player for a long time and is fully aware of the importance of the fixture, and revealed a little of what he and Defoe said to each other.

“Listen, I’m a Geordie, I’ve been at this club for 10 years and I’m as hurt as anybody else so whoever wants to put negatives like that on me, it’s not justified,” Krul said.

“I’m going home with a lot of pain in my heart. To see those travelling fans have to travel back to Newcastle without the win again it hurts me as much as them,” the Netherlands international continued.

“It was a fantastic goal and everybody has to accept that. What I actually told him I probably can’t repeat on television because it wasn’t a nice gesture,” Krul went on. “It was more in the region of ‘what a lucky guy he is’, but with a bit more venom behind it.”

The result left Newcastle in 13th place with seven games of the season to play, nine points clear of the relegation zone and six ahead of Sunderland, who moved to 15th by virtue of the victory. Dick Advocaat’s side are three points clear of the drop.

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