Newcastle United team spirit is evident, says Tim Krul

Tim Krul
Netherlands international Krul has been in fine form, keeping three clean sheets in seven Premier League games

Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul says Saturday's 2-1 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers is evidence of the fighting spirit within the squad.

Krul was kept busy by a string of Wolves attacks, and also had defenders Ryan and Steven Taylor to thank for crucial blocks in securing the victory.

"It sums us up this season, everybody is fighting for each other," Krul told BBC Newcastle.

"Three points is brilliant, and as a defensive unit, the team is solid."

Krul added: "Everybody knows what to do, and that is a massive unit.

"We had a great pre-season, and we knew we had a good squad, but we didn't know just how solid we were and how confident we would grow game by game."

The Magpies go into the international break in fourth place, with the tightest defence in the Premier League and still undefeated after seven games.

Both club and player have flourished under Alan Pardew's stewardship, with the 23-year-old capped by his native Netherlands and established as a regular at St James Park.

"The manager said at the start of the season, this season is a challenge, everyone has taken on the challenge and confidence is sky high," Krul continued.

"When the manager came in he worked on the defensive unit, that's where it started from, he worked with defence and midfield to make us solid.

"We've been scoring a lot of goals with Leon [Best] and Demba [Ba] at the moment, and just the whole squad has chipped in, the boys on the bench are great players as well."

Following his debut in the then Uefa Cup against Palermo in November 2006, the former Den Haag goalkeeper has made 42 appearances for the Magpies, and signed a four-year deal at the club in July 2010.