Newcastle thoroughly deserve top five - Alan Pardew

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew says his side "thoroughly deserve" their place in the top five after their "fantastic efforts" this season.

Pardew's side lost 3-1 at Everton, but had already done enough to qualify for the Europa League, which he admits will be a challenge for his squad.

The Newcastle boss adds that he will need to strengthen his defence in the summer if they are to build on this season's success.