Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul says his team sees its 1-1 draw with rival Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby “as a win”.
The Magpies went down to 10 men after Cheikh Tiote’s first-half dismissal, with the home side eventually taking advantage of to secure a late equalizer.
However, despite the disappointment of conceding in the final stages, the Netherlands international was in no doubt that him and his teammates were delighted at the final result.
"I'm really proud of us, of the whole team. I think we see this as a win to be honest," the 24-year-old told the club’s official website. "Of course we're disappointed [to concede late into the game] because listen, if you're 1-0 up and you've played so well for 60 minutes with 10 men it's hard to take.
"But at the end of the day when everything's settled down we see this as a good result, especially with the lads working their socks off for each other again. I think that's what put us through last year, the spirit, and I've seen today that we've got the spirit back."
Krul was making his first appearance since suffering an elbow injury while on international duty last month and revealed that, although Newcastle was often on the back foot, he had thoroughly enjoyed his return to the first team.
"Of course I was desperate to be back," Krul added. "I'd hoped to make Man United a couple of weeks ago but that was too early for me so the next target was Sunderland and I was not going to miss this game.
"To be honest, even with 10 men - of course their delivery's great from free kicks and corners - but I didn't feel threatened today by them at all so I'm really pleased with the lads in front of me.”
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