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Pardew stresses importance of self-belief

Alan Pardew has warned his fringe players ahead of Newcastle's Europa League tie at Maritimo on Thursday not to bother getting on the plane unless they think they can win.

The Magpies will be without a number of first-team players for the club's opening game of the Europa League group stage, including star strikers Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba.

Pardew will have to shuffle his squad in order to accommodate for those absent, and he wants any players coming into the side to understand the importance of confidence.

"You have to have belief. It is the most important ingredient. You have to believe you can win a game," he told the Evening Chronicle. "I've been in teams as a player when I didn't think we were going to win.

"You have to make sure

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