It was a gesture of good sportsmanship, but many Newcastle supporters have slated goalkeeper Tim Krul on Twitter for smiling and congratulating Sunderland scorer Jermain Defoe in the tunnel at half-time after Defoe scored a wonder-goal against him to put Sunderland 1-0 up in the Tyne-Wear derby.
The stunning left-footed strike was scored just before the break. The Dutch goalkeeper Krul then waited in the tunnel for Defoe so he could offer his praise after he was well beaten by the goal.
WATCH: KRUL CONGRATULATES DEFOE
Tim Krul waiting for Defoe in the tunnel to congratulate him on that strike.. https://t.co/HtRx11vBpfNick Collins (@Nick___Collins) April 5, 2015
THE TWITTER REACTION
Newcastle fans will love seeing Tim Krul laughing in the tunnel and congratulating Defoe. pic.twitter.com/NrZKZa6O6ZDaniel Storey (@danielstorey85) April 5, 2015
@TimKrul being pally with Defoe after that goal. Absolute jokeAshley Out (@James_Meek) April 5, 2015
Why's Tim Krul laughing an congratulating Defoe? Get a grip man!Mark Ferguson (@Mark_Ferguson7) April 5, 2015
I think Tim Krul best stay off Twitter the neet his mentions will be Ganning crackers.Anth (@Anth9777) April 5, 2015
So poor from Tim Krul. Laughing and high fiving in the tunnel after conceding. RidiculousJoe Bowden (@JoeBowden3) April 5, 2015
Tim Krul saying to Defoe well done there. Joke.Jonny Bunting (@JonnyBunting) April 5, 2015
The terrific strike would be the only goal scored in the game, and secure all three points for Sunderland, making it five wins in a row over their fierce North East rivals.
It was the Black Cats first victory under manager Dick Advocaat, ending their eight-game winless run, and lifting them three points clear of the relegation zone with seven matches left. Defoe's sublime goal wasn't in keeping with a typically scrappy derby match between two of the Premier League's out-of-form teams.
Newcastle have lost four successive games but are nine points above the bottom three.