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Krul Has Dutch Courage

By Dan King

Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul believes Saturday's trip to West Ham will provide a tough test for Newcastle despite The Hammers' lowly league position - but insists The Magpies are full of confidence after their comeback against Wigan.

United looked set for their third successive defeat last weekend, but Shola Ameobi and Fabricio Coloccini dragged them back level in what could prove to be a turning point in their season.

And although their home form has been disappointing compared to last season's storming efforts at St. James', on the road United have performed well, which Krul says will give his team confidence as they head to Upton Park.

"I don't think you can take anybody lightly in the Premier League," he told nufcTV. You've seen the results in the last few weeks and everybody beats everybody. It's going to be a good test.

"I think it's going to be a great game, at a nice stadium with good fans, and I'm looking forward to it."

Krul has started United's last four games after replacing the injured Steve Harper in the first-half of the 1-0 win at Everton.

He added: "I've always said I want to play as many games as I can, and to be in the first-team now is perfect for me. The results have been up and down - the first few, at Chelsea and Everton, we had good results - but we had a great draw last week. To come back from 2-0 down is a great morale boost for the team, and I think we can push on from that for Saturday.

"I think we have to take confidence from that and go into the West Ham game. I think we've been great in all the away games this season, so hopefully we can get three points at West Ham."