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Pieters happy winding up Krul over Stoke winner

Stoke City matchwinner Erik Pieters is delighted to have broken his scoring duck against Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul.

Pieters produced the matchwinner with his cross-shot on Saturday.

He and Krul have been friends since playing together for the Dutch Under-17 team, and the full-back joked: "I told him I meant it.

"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."

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