Krul penalty heroics put City in contention for Premier League records
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Norwich City could set some new Premier League records this season, following the recent penalty heroics of Tim Krul and Michael McGovern.
The most penalty saves by a team in a single season, since the Premier League's inception in 1992, was when Blackburn benefitted from five penalty saves during the 2006-07 campaign.
With the Canaries already on three after 10 games - with Ralf Fahrmann also going close to saving one during the 2-0 loss at Crystal Palace last month - that record could well come under threat.
Northern Ireland keeper McGovern denied Brazilian striker Wesley at Carrow Road earlier this month but it didn't prevent a thoroughly disappointing 5-1 home defeat to Aston Villa.
That was while number one Krul was out injured but with the Dutchman back to full fitness, he was back between the sticks on Sunday as City faced Manchester United.
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The 31-year-old denied spot-kicks from both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial during the first half but again those saves weren't enough to salvage points, as the hosts lost 3-1.
All three of those saves were made in front of the Barclay Stand and it's believed Krul became the first Norwich keeper to save two penalties in a match - although Bryan Gunn did save three in a shoot-out in December 1995, as Norwich won 3-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw at Bolton in the League Cup fourth round.
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Now the Premier League have published details of their penalty records, in light of Krul's superb efforts.
Their statisticians point out that it is just the 15th time that a goalkeeper or goalkeepers from a single Premier League club have saved three successive penalties.
They also add that if a fourth successive penalty is saved by a City keeper this season they will become just the third team to manage that feat, following on from Manchester United in 2002-03 and Charlton Athletic in 2006-07.
The most saved by one keeper in a season was Brad Friedel for Blackburn during 2006-07, matching Mark Crossley of Nottingham Forest during 1998-99 and Ali Al Habsi of Wigan in 2011-12.
Krul - who famously came on for Holland for a World Cup quarter-final penalty shoot-out win over Costa Rica in 2014 - also became just the eighth keeper to save two penalties in a Premier League match.
The last of those was Maarten Stekelenburg for Everton, in a 1-1 draw at Manchester City in October 2016, and Brazilian stopper Heurelho Gomes managed the feat for both Watford (April 2016) and Tottenham (April 2010).
Jussi Jaaskelainen for Bolton (October 2006), Friedel for Blackburn (September 2006), Edwin van der Sar for Fulham (February 2005), Pavel Srnicek for Sheffield Wednesday (December 1999) and Mark Bosnich for Villa (March 1994) complete the set.