Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has criticised Newcastle United keeper Tim Krul for appearing to congratulate Jermaine Defoe on his goal for Sunderland, reports the Daily Mail.
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The ex-England international scored the only goal in the Tyne-Wear derby, which consigned the Magpies to their fifth straight defeat to the Black Cats. The brilliant volley also gave Dick Advocaat his first win as manager of Sunderland.
As the players went in at half time the Dutch goalie looked like he gave the striker a fist bump. This was not received well by Carragher, who accused the 27-year-old of lacking commitment against a fierce local rival.
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 has denied that he was congratulating the 32-year-old, claiming he actually had much more sinister thoughts about the stunning strike.
He explained: “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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