Krul ready for Stoke 'fight'
Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul believes his side 'have a fight on their hands' against Stoke on Monday.
Last Updated: 28/10/11 1:40pm
Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul believes his side 'have a fight on their hands' against Stoke on Monday but can go into the game full of confidence on the back of recent good form.
The St James' Park club are riding high in fourth place in the Premier League table after going unbeaten in their opening nine games.
However, they travel to the Britannia Stadium to play a Stoke side who have yet to lose at home in the league this season, conceding just one goal in the process.
Krul is under no illusions over the size of Newcastle's task on Monday but insists they will be well prepared.
"It's definitely not an easy game to have on a Monday night," Krul told the Shields Gazette.
"We'll have a fight on our hands, but with the confidence we've got from the start of the season, it's another game we think we can win.
"You know what you're going to get at Stoke. We'll touch on that in training."
Krul also admitted that winning his first cap for Holland over the summer gave him renewed confidence going into the current campaign.
The 23-year-old made his international bow in a friendly against Brazil in June, before winning his second cap against Uruguay a few days later.
"I always wanted to play for my country - it was a dream," added Krul, who has subsequently begun the season in fine form. "It came true this summer, and it gave me the confidence that I could really play this season.
"The other goalkeepers at this club keep me sharp. It's nice every morning to train with them, and get advice off them."