'Victories over Wolves and Sunderland a must' - Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul

Dutchman believes home matches against less opposition are the winnable ones after Magpies got trounced 5-0 against Tottenham last time out
Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul believes his side's next two fixtures will go a long way to decide where the club finishes on the Premier League table this season.

Fresh off a 5-0 drubbing at Tottenham, two home matches against Wolves and Sunderland present very winnable opportunities.

Krul believes claiming three points in each match will certify his side as a contender for a European spot come May.

"We've got two home games and they are massive," he told his club's official website.

"Someone like Tottenham away is not a fixture you have to win - Wolves and Sunderland at home are very different. They are the ones, and if we win those then we are back up where we have been all season.

"You can't look too far ahead, but if we can win the next two then we are massively on target for a top-ten finish."

Newcastle were convincingly beaten by Spurs at the weekend, but the 23-year-old is content to rationalise the defeat as merely a 'hiccup' on the road to further success this season.

"We've had a little hiccup and that is a shame," he said.

"It was a good opportunity for us to test ourselves against a big team, but it was a big off-day for us.

"We were outclassed by a top, top team and we just have to accept that.

Instead, Dutchman is hoping to use motivation from the loss to prepare for the two important home fixtures.

"But we just have to step over it like we have done already this season," he said.

"We followed up the defeat at Fulham with two massive league wins, and hopefully we can do that again against Wolves and Sunderland.

"There are some massive games coming up and we need to get two good results. We have to crack on now.

"We have got a little time to recover, come out of the blocks against Wolves next Saturday and then push on for the final 13 games."