Krul aiming high, but it’s one game at a time for Newcastle

Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko rises highest to get a header on goal at Crystal Palace.
Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko rises highest to get a header on goal at Crystal Palace.
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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 lowly Crystal Palace 3-0 at Selhurst Park.

A strike from Yohan Cabaye, a Danny Gabbidon own goal and a late penalty from Hatem Ben Arfa saw the Magpies run out comfortable winners in rain-lashed south London, leaving Newcastle sixth in the table, leaving them just six points behind leaders Liverpool.

Newcastle’s recent results have raised hopes of a return to Europe and, for the moment, the Tynesiders, 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 (on Boxing Day) is another game for us.”

Newcastle won away just twice during last term’s relegation battle, but that team’s awkward struggles on the road are a fading memory.

The Palace victory, played out in atrocious conditions, was United’s fifth on the road this term, following successes at Manchester United, Tottenham, Cardiff and Aston Villa.

Krul felt Pardew’s men showed grit and guile against a team which had won its previous two home games without conceding.

“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.”