Our lack of silverware Krul on Toon
Tim Krul admits he cannot believe how Newcastle have gone 43 years without winning a major trophy.
The 23-year-old Holland international has spent the last six and a half years on Tyneside watching a club he regards as one of the biggest in English football fail to end a drought which dates back to the 1969 European Fairs Cup triumph.
They will resume their quest for silverware this evening when they head for npower Championship Brighton in the FA Cup fourth round with Krul convinced they can make an impact in the competition.
Asked if he was surprised at the Magpies lack of silverware in recent years, he said: "Yes, because it's got all the attributes - the stadium, the fans...
"If you see the clubs who have won prizes, I can't see why we can't get to the FA Cup final or push on as a top-six team.
"I have said it for years now, that Newcastle has got everything to be one of the top teams, and we are showing that this season."
Krul knows all about the magic of the FA Cup, not just from watching on television as a child back in Holland, but having experienced a giant-killing act at first hand. He was between the posts last season when Alan Pardew's men travelled to League Two Stevenage in the third round and emerged on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline.
Meanwhile, the Magpies are still hoping to land a central defender to go with their capture of Senegal striker Papiss Demba Cisse earlier this month, and they have tabled an improved bid for Watford's Adrian Mariappa.