Krul wants top-four finish
Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has urged his team to go out and prove they are worthy of a Champions League place.
Last Updated: 17/04/12 11:33am
Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has urged his team to go out and prove they are worthy of a Champions League place by beating Stoke and Wigan.
Alan Pardew has masterminded their transformation this season which has put them on the cusp of claiming a place in Europe's best club competition.
They currently sit fifth in the league - level on points with Tottenham in fourth - and are guaranteed European football next season if they can finish in the top six after Liverpool's win over Everton in the FA Cup semi-final.
Spurs thumped the Magpies 5-0 back in February but have only won one of their last eight games as Newcastle have hit a purple patch.
The Magpies will face Stoke and in-form Wigan in their next two matches and the Holland international believes those results could determine their Champions League fate.
"I have been saying for years that I think Newcastle are a top-six side and maybe people didn't see it," he told The Journal.
"But now we are there, and hopefully we can stay there.
"Liverpool's win was great news for us and it is huge for the club to be back in Europe."
He added: "We are up there, but if you don't win against Stoke and Wigan, you don't deserve to be up there. We will look at the next two games and hope that we get the results that we need.
"Our attitude is that if we can't beat Stoke, we don't deserve to get into the Champions League.
"We just need to keep the pressure on the top teams. Stoke at home and Wigan away are massive games for us."