Erik Pieters winds up best friend Tim Krul after fluke Stoke goal

CELEBRATION ... Stoke City's Erik Pieters.
CELEBRATION ... Stoke City's Erik Pieters.
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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.”