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Tim Krul: I did not say well done to Jermain Defoe

Sunderland 1 - Newcastle 0

By Damian Spellman

Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul denied he waited in the tunnel to congratulate Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe on his stunning derby strike.

Television pictures showed the Dutchman's exchange with Defoe as they left the pitch at half-time, although Krul later insisted the images had been misinterpreted amid criticism on social media.

Sky Sports studio pundit Jamie Carragher also called Krul's conduct "a mistake", but Krul stressed he had not stepped out of line.

Krul told the broadcaster: "What I actually thought, I probably can't repeat on television because it wasn't nice.

"It was a fantastic goal and everyone accepts that. What I actually thought was more in the region of, 'What a lucky guy he is', but with a bit more venom behind it.

"Listen, I've been at this club for 10 years and I'm as hurt as anybody else, so whoever wants to put this negative light on me... it's not justified.

"I'm a Geordie. I've been here 10 years and I'm going home with a lot of pain in my heart. To see those travelling fans going back to Newcastle without a win again, it hurts me as much as them."

Newcastle head coach John Carver was quick to leap to Krul's defence on another bad day for the Magpies at the hands of their arch rivals, who have now won the last five encounters between the sides, something they have never done before.

Carver said: "Tim Krul is the most passionate guy about this football club. He wears his heart on his sleeve so I have got no criticism of Tim Krul."

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