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KRUL TARGETING PREMIER LEAGUE PLACE

21 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Tim Krul on his Albion debut at the Vitality Stadium.

Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Tim Krul is eager to push for the number one spot after impressing for the Seagulls in their narrow Carabao Cup defeat to Bournemouth on Tuesday evening.

Krul made a number of fine saves to keep the scores level before Joshua King’s goal in extra time, and the Dutchman expressed his desire to compete for a starting position in the Premier League, after also signing a permanent deal.

He said, “That’s what I’m here for now, just to show that I’m ready if the gaffer needs me. I’d love to be back playing in the Premier League, but Maty’s [Ryan] a great goalkeeper.

“I love playing in England - I’ve always said that - and I want to stay playing in the Premier League for as long as possible.

“I’ve played almost 160 games in the Premier League and hopefully I can continue that with Brighton. I’m 29, so I’ve still got a good few years left in me.

“I was at Newcastle for 11 years and I loved my time there, but I’m looking forward to a new challenge and chapter in my career.”

Krul was disappointed to lose against the Cherries on his debut, but highlighted the small margins that have prevented Albion’s tight-knit squad from gaining positive results at the Vitality Stadium, as they fell to successive defeats.

“We knew it wasn't going to be easy, but we were solid at the back and everyone was putting the tackles in, putting their bodies on the line.

“The manager and staff set us up and the plan nearly worked to perfection. For 90 minutes, we did everything we needed to do, but they just nicked it in extra time.

“There’s a real team spirit at the club and that’s one of the major strengths that we’re going to need this season.

“The team is together, and even on Friday it was small margins - we hit the crossbar. It will come, we just have to keep believing.”


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