ERIK Pieters won’t let best friend Tim Krul forget his fluke goal at the Britannia Stadium.
The Stoke City defender’s misdirected cross condemned Newcastle United to a 1-0 defeat on Saturday.
Pieter’s left-wing delivery, helped on by the wing, carried over a despairing Krul and into the top right-hand corner.
The former Newcastle target hadn’t scored in six years, and unfortunately for United, it came against his closest friend in the game, goalkeeper Krul.
“I told him I meant it,” said Pieters, who came to St James’s Park to watch a game while at PSV Eindhoven.
“Everybody knows he’s my best friend in football. I’ve known him since I was 17. It was really good to score my first goal, and a great goal as well, against him.
“We talk to each other a lot, about our personal lives as well.
“We support each other always and we have a good relationship. I’ll keep texting him, for sure.”
Meanwhile, Stoke midfielder Stephen Ireland – who had a loan spell at Newcastle in 2011 – admitted his former club had given Mark Hughes’s side a difficult afternoon.
“It was a tough game,” said Ireland. “We were sloppy, they were sloppy – it was just one of those games.
“Luckily we got the three points. If anyone was going to win the points, it was us.”