Alan Pardew has challenged Newcastle to secure a top-10 Premier League finish after their Europa League dreams were dashed by Benfica.

The Magpies led the Portuguese Primeira Liga leaders 1-0 heading into stoppage time at St James' Park, however as they surged forward Eduardo Salvio provided the sucker punch in the 92nd minute to send Los Encarnados through 4-2 on aggregate.

Pardew's men have little time to dust themselves down ahead of Sunday's derby clash with arch-rivals Sunderland, but he remains hopeful that victory in the Tyne-Wear derby can provide the platform for his team to ease themselves into the top half of the table by the end of a trying campaign.

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"Our next target after going out tonight is to try to secure a top-10 finish if we can," Pardew stressed.

"With all the injuries we have had and the credible performance we have put in in Europe, I would have to take that as a real learning curve for us in terms of the injuries we have sustained.

"The next time we go into Europe, we need to be better prepared than we were at the start of this season.

"You have to put into context what we are. The financial restrictions we have are so much greater than the top clubs in this country.

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  • Benfica's captain Luisao, second right, consoles Newcastle United's captain Yohan Cabaye, right, at the end of their Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

  • Benfica's captain Luisao, center, celebrates with his team mates at the end of the Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match against Newcastle United at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

  • Benfica's Eduardo Salvio celebrates after scoring his goal during their Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match against Newcastle United at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

  • Benfica's Eduardo Salvio, center, celebrates after scoring his goal with his teammates during their Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match against Newcastle United at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

  • Benfica's Eduardo Salvio celebrates after scoring his goal during their Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match against Newcastle United at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

  • Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse, celebrates his goal during their Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match against Benfica at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

  • Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse, left, celebrates his goal with captain Yohan Cabaye, center, and Hatem Ben Arfa, right during their Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match against Benfica at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

  • Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse, left, celebrates his goal with Hatem Ben Arfa, right during their Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match against Benfica at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

  • Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse, left, scores his goal past Benfica's Andre Almeida, center, and goalkeeper Artur, right, during their Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

  • Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse, left, shoots a ball into the net only to have it disallowed during their Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match against Benfica at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

  • Nicolas Gaitan, Yohan Cabaye

    Benfica's Nicolas Gaitan, right, vies for the ball with Newcastle United's captain Yohan Cabaye, left, during their Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

  • Shola Ameobi, Nemanja Matic

    Newcastle United's Shola Ameobi, right, vies for the ball with Benfica's Nemanja Matic, left, during their Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

  • Papiss Cisse

    Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse, left, reacts after having his goal disallowed during their Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match against Benfica at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

  • Alan Pardew

    Newcastle United's manager Alan Pardew looks on ahead of their Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match against Benfica at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

  • Jorge Jesus

    Benfica's manager Jorge Jesus looks on head of their Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match against Newcastle United at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

  • Papiss Cisse

    Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse, left, scores a goal only to have it disallowed during their Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match against Benfica at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

  • Jonas Gutrierrez, Eduardo Salvio

    Newcastle United's Jonas Gutierrez, left, vies for the ball with Benfica's Eduardo Salvio, right, during their Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

  • Yohan Cabaye, Lima

    Newcastle United's captain Yohan Cabaye, right, has a shot towards goal past Benfica's Lima, left, during their Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

  • Eduardo Salvio, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

    Benfica's Eduardo Salvio, left, vies for the ball with Newcastle United's Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, right, during their Europa League quarterfinal second leg soccer match at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

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    Newcastle United's Senegalese striker Papiss Cisse (L) celebrates scoring the opening goal with French midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa (R) during the UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg football match between Newcastle United and Benfica at St James' Park in Newcastle, northeast England on April 11, 2013. AFP PHOTO/IAN MACNICOL (Photo credit should read Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Newcastle United FC v SL Benfica - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final

    NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Jonas Gutierrez (R) of Newcastle in action with Lima of Benfica during the UEFA Europa League quarter final second leg match between Newcastle United and SL Benfica at St James' Park on April 11, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

  • Newcastle United FC v SL Benfica - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final

    NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Luisao (R) of Benfica celebrates with team mate Ezequiel Garay after the UEFA Europa League quarter final second leg match between Newcastle United and SL Benfica at St James' Park on April 11, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

  • Newcastle United FC v SL Benfica - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final

    NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Newcastle players pose for a photograph before the UEFA Europa League quarter final second leg match between Newcastle United and SL Benfica at St James' Park on April 11, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

  • Newcastle United FC v SL Benfica - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final

    NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Players walk out onto the pitch before the UEFA Europa League quarter final second leg match between Newcastle United and SL Benfica at St James' Park on April 11, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)