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Krul: Newcastle United’s luck will turn

TIM Krul is adamant Newcastle United can turn around their season – with one win.

Alan Pardew’s out-of-form side haven’t won in five games.

But Thursday night’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Maritimo was still enough to book the club a place in the Europa League’s Round of 32.

Newcastle can now focus fully on the Premier League until the knockout stages start in February, and they take on Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium tomorrow in desperate need of points.

Newcastle – who visit Stoke City on Wednesday night – are 12th in the division.

But goalkeeper Krul believes one result will be enough to turn the club’s fortunes around.

“We have to stick together,” Krul said. “Last year, everything went for us. We were luckier with injuries to a certain extent. But this is part of football – we have to get on with it.

“It’s a rough patch. We’ll have to take it as it comes. We’ve got Southampton, and then Stoke on Wednesday night.

“It’s going to be two hard games. We’ll have to get back the spirit, and stick together.

“We need a win. We need to get back to winning ways. We’re going through a little rough patch, but we’ve got a good chance.

“I don’t think we’ve had a lot of luck at all in the last couple of home games.

“I remember last year we had a rough patch over the winter. Hopefully, we can turn it round.

“The league is tight as well. If you win one, you’re back up to ninth, and everything is fine again.”

Newly-promoted Southampton – whose manager Nigel Adkins is under pressure – are second bottom of the league, but they beat Queens Park Rangers last weekend, with that result costing Mark Hughes his job at Loftus Road.

“They (Southampton) had a good win at QPR last weekend, and I think they’re a hard team to beat,” added Krul. “I think we need to be on it.”

Newcastle’s cause hasn’t been helped by injuries and suspensions.

And Pardew will again be without captain Fabricio Coloccini through suspension, while influential midfielder Yohan Cabaye is sidelined because of injury.

“We haven’t got a big squad, but with injuries, it doesn’t help,” Krul went on. “Hopefully, Shola (Ameobi) is not too long, and the injuries aren’t too bad.”

One positive for Newcastle was their qualification to the Europa League’s knockout stage with a game to spare.

However, the result – and performance – against Maritimo weren’t what Pardew had hoped for after successive home defeats.

Sylvain Marveaux’s first-half goal was cancelled out by Fidelis 11 minutes from time.

“It should have been a win, but we’ll take it,” said Krul. “We’ve got Europe into next year – that was our main aim. We’re in the draw.

“We’re through to the next round, and that was the main aim.”

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