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Krul achieves rare feat as Newcastle sweep monthly honors

Dec 6, 2013, 7:35 AM EDT

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Tim Krul became just the seventh goalkeeper in Premier League history to snare a player of the month, and Newcastle United’s unbeaten November was more than enough to land the club both of Barclays monthly hours, as Alan Pardew was named manager of the month.

Krul allowed just two goals in the four Magpies wins and was spectacular in back-to-back clean sheets versus Chelsea and away to Tottenham, the latter of which featured a record 14 saves. They also defeated Norwich and West Brom at St. James Park.

The Dutchman is the first keeper in three-plus years to earn the monthly honors, joining a select list that includes Mark Schwarzer (Fulham, 2010), Petr Cech (Chelsea, 2007), Paul Robinson (Leeds, 2000), Alex Manninger (Arsenal, 1998), David Seaman  (April 1995) and the only man to win the award twice in Tim Flowers, who won it with Blackburn in 1997 and Leicester in 2000.

Pardew is the first NUFC manager to claim the monthly honors since Sir Bobby Robson in Oct. 2003, but isn’t a stranger to accolades including this particular one, which he snared with West Ham in 2006. He was also named LMA manager of the year for his work guiding the Magpies in 2011/12.

But is the award cursed? Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino won it last month and the former Espanyol center back and manager has watched as the Saints lost three straight matches, as well as eight players to injury in the last week. As for Newcastle, who knows when they were informed of the news but Thursday’s flight back from Swansea had the players in a bit of a scary spot.

Krul was arguably the primary reason Newcastle was able to find its way to the Europa League a few years back and was a key cog in their top flight survival last season before an injury sent him off for the campaign’s final month. Porous NUFC defending due to injuries and depth may not always bring his numbers to the forefront, but the award is deserved for the man who recently made his 100th appearance for Newcastle and has been capped five times for the Netherlands.

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