Marveaux must ‘step up to the plate’ – Pardew

MARV-ELLOUS ... Newcastle United's Sylvain Marveaux scores the opening goal.
MARV-ELLOUS ... Newcastle United's Sylvain Marveaux scores the opening goal.

SYLVAIN Marveaux’s been challenged to build on his first goal for Newcastle United – and force his way into Alan Pardew’s Premier League team.

Marveaux scored in last night’s disappointing 1-1 Europa League draw against Maritimo.

The winger rolled the ball under Romain Salin after being played in by Hatem Ben Arfa with 23 minutes gone.

It was injury-hit Marveaux’s first strike for the club since his move from Rennes last year.

Pardew – who has lost influential midfielder Yohan Cabaye until the New Year – is now looking for the 26-year-old to add a “consistency” to his game and contribute to the club’s faltering domestic campaign.

“Sylvain scored a good goal, and he has got quality,” said Pardew. “But he needs to find consistency to be a starter in the Premier League in this team.

“There are a few players in this group who need to step up to the plate now, because we are going to have to ask them to.”

Marveaux’s goal wasn’t enough to take all three points, with Maritimo substitute Fidelis levelling the scores 11 minutes from time.

However, he result still sent the club through to the competition’s Round of 32 after Bordeaux beat Club Brugge 2-1 in Belgium.