ALAN Pardew says Newcastle United will “kick themselves” if they don’t book progress in the Europa League by beating Maritimo.
Newcastle had hoped to secure a place in the competition’s knockout stage with two games left to play, but they left the Jan Breydel Stadium happy with a just a point after going behind to two early goals.
A victory over minnows Maritimo – beaten 1-0 at Bordeaux last night – will secure a place in the Round of 32 for United, who still lead Group D.
“We are going to kick ourselves if we don’t beat Maritimo at home, with all due respect to them,” said Pardew, whose side entertain his former club West Ham United at St James’s Park on Sunday in the Premier League.
“We have got ourselves in a great position, and are looking to just wrap the league up, perhaps with that win there, which is our next game.
“Our attention now turns to West Ham, and it did actually before the end of the game. I took Willo (Mike Williamson) off to protect him for Sunday, so now the focus is on West Ham.”
Meanwhile, Pardew handed a rare start to Sylvain Marveaux, who has struggled for form this season.
Marveaux got stronger as the game went on in a three-man midfield in front of defensive duo Cheik Tiote and Gael Bigirimana.
“Sylvain, who had a difficult game at Everton, came back and looked bright, looked sharp,” said Pardew.
“When we’ve got no (Yohan) Cabaye, we need Sylvain, because he gives us an intelligent pass, and I thought he did that.
“There were a lot of good things that came out of the game.”