Club Brugge 2 Newcastle 2: It was an incredible comeback, says Tim Krul
Club Brugge 2 Newcastle 2: Tim Krul believes the Magpies' point in Belgium could prove crucial in their bid to reach the last 16
Tim Krul hailed Newcastle’s “incredible comeback” after the Magpies came from two goals behind to salvage a draw with Club Brugge at the Jan Breydel Stadium.
The home side took the lead after just 14 minutes when Ivan Trickovski outfoxed Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini before Jesper Jorgensen added a second for Brugge.
But Alan Pardew’s side responded in an entertaining first half, with Vurnon Anita scoring a stunning volley and Shola Ameobi finishing from close-range to restore parity at half-time.
Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul made a string of vital second-half saves to deny Carlos Bacca, Mohamed Tchite and Vadis Odjidja and secure a valuable point to keep the Magpies at the top of Group D.
“It was a really important point,” Krul told Newcastle’s website.
“It keeps Brugge away from us in the table and I even thought maybe we could have snuck all three points.
“We had a few big chances and they did too, so it must have been a great game to watch for the neutral.
“It was an incredible comeback which put us on the front foot going into the second half, and that’s why I thought we could have got a winner.
“We had chances and it is a difficult one to assess because we could have won it but also we could have lost. In the end we had to be happy with a point.”
He added: “I needed to make those saves [in the second half] because to concede two easy goals like that wasn’t nice.”