TIM Krul says Newcastle United’s Premier League aim is simple: Finish as high up the table as possible!
Alan Pardew’s side continued their impressive fine run of form on Saturday when they beat Crystal Palace 3-0 on Saturday.
A strike from Yohan Cabaye, an own goal and a late penalty from Hatem Ben Arfa saw United run out comfortable winners at a rain-lashed Selhurst Park.
And the win left Newcastle sixth in the league – and just six points off league leaders Liverpool.
The club’s recent results have raised hopes of a return to Europe,
And for the moment, United, as they were two years ago, are contenders for Champions League qualification.
Goalkeeper Krul feels “anything is possible” if the players maintain their form and focus over the coming weeks and months.
“We’ll just try to finish as high as possible,” Krul said.
“We’re just below the top teams at the moment. If we keep winning, anything can happen.
“We look at every single game on its own. There’s no need to look further than that. Stoke at home is another game for us.”
Newcastle won away just twice during last term’s relegation battle, but team team’s awkward struggles on the road are a fading memory.
The Palace victory, played out in atrocious conditions, was United’s fifth away from home this season.
It followed wins at Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Cardiff City and Aston Villa.
And Krul felt United showed grit and guile in south London against a team which had won its previous two home games.
“You know what you’re going to get with Tony Pulis’s teams, especially in conditions like this,” said Krul.
“We had to be up for it, and we showed what a top-quality team we can be.
“It was nice. It wasn’t just the back four, but also the midfield with Vurnon (Anita) tackling. I thought we were really solid, and when we had to play, we played.
“It’s no point always kicking in this weather. We showed we can play.”