With the Capital One Cup already in the trophy cabinet, most Swansea fans are acclaiming this as the best season in their modest history, but to convince everybody they need to match the club's highest finish in the top division, which was sixth under John Toshack in 1982.

It is not a target Michael Laudrup is prepared to set – not yet anyway – but it should be. The Swans are eighth in the Premier League, two points behind Liverpool and five behind Everton, who occupy sixth place. Laudrup's cultured band of ball-players are capable of beating any opposition on their day and still have the top five teams to play, with Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester City among the remaining visitors to their Liberty fastness.

There was a suspicion after their Wembley triumph that the Welsh team might take a collective foot off the gas, job done, but that was hardly the way of it on Saturday, when they overcame Newcastle's spirited, rugged resistance to win again, courtesy of the reserve striker Luke Moore's first goal for 12 months.

The result was a little hard on Alan Pardew and company. Outplayed in the first half, when Swansea's slick passing and third-man runs had the excellent Steven Taylor resembling a fireman attempting to put out several blazes at once, they hit back hard in the second, with Papiss Cissé and Yoan Gouffran spurning clear-cut chances and Moussa Sissoko and Yohan Cabaye denied by top-notch saves.

Laudrup insisted the transformation had not been a case of his players tiring after their cup final exertions, more that they were muscled out of it by Sissoko, Cabaye and Cheik Tioté. He said: "You have to give a lot of credit to the opposition. They have signed some good players from France and they are a good team – much better than the Newcastle we beat up there in November. They are better than their league position suggests. They will finish higher and can do well in the Europa League [where Newcastle are away to Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday].

"They were stronger than us in the second half. The players we have in midfield – [Nathan] Dyer, [Wayne] Routledge, [Pablo] Hernández, [Leon] Britton and [Jonathan] De Guzman – are not big physically, so when we have the ball it's great, but when we don't have it, we struggle. All the teams in the Premier League are stronger than us physically. In the second half, when they had it, we struggled. That's why I had to make a couple of substitutions."

Talking of the remainder of the season, Laudrup said: "When I arrived here last summer I was asked what our target would be and we talked about 17th place to stay in the Premier League for one more year. I said: 'Let's see when we get to 40 points and discuss a new mark then.' I never imagined we'd achieve the 40 with 10 games left. Now I think we should go for 50. If we get that many we could be in the top 10, and that would be outstanding for this club. Eleventh last season was much better than anybody expected."

Man of the match: Steven Taylor (Newcastle United)