Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has criticised Newcastle United keeper Tim Krul for appearing to congratulate Jermaine Defoe on his wonder goal at half time of their encounter with Sunderland, reports the Daily Mail.
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The Magpies went on to lose the match by the single goal, with the stunning volley a flash of excitement in a tightly fought contest. It was their fifth derby defeat in a row, and also Dick Advocaat’s first victory in charge of the Black Cats.
Krul appeared to congratulate Defoe on the strike as the pair walked down the tunnel at half time. Carragher wasn’t happy with these actions, thinking that it showed a lack of commitment from the Dutchman.
He said: “I wouldn’t want to see one of my own team doing it. It’s not good sportsmanship. Someone without passion for the game might say it is. When you play a derby game, you don’t just play on the day, there is a build-up in the week and everyone is on edge.
“You build yourself into a frenzy where you despise the opposition. At the end of the game you shake hands with everyone, you wouldn’t smile.”
However, Krul disagrees with this, claiming that he was actually very hurt by the goal conceded on the stroke of half time.
“What I actually thought, I probably can’t repeat because it wasn’t nice. It was a fantastic goal and everyone accepts that, but what I actually thought was more in the region of “what a lucky guy he is”, but with a bit more venom behind it.”
“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.”
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