The Hammers battled through on penalties against Birkirkara to setup a tie against Astra, as the club continue their quest for a position in the Europa League group stage.
Poyet is wary of the challenges the competition is going to present the side over the next few weeks, with the start of the Premier League also now bearing down on the club.
“We need to be careful, the further we progress the harder the games will be, so I don’t know how many times we’ll get away with it, but we’re obviously very pleased to get through again,” he told whufc.com.
Importance of the Europa League
It’s very important for West Ham to not just qualify for the Europa League group stage, but to compete once they are there.
The Europa League creates a number of exciting possibilities for the side ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium, which are integral to their future over the next few years.
The move to Stratford expands the possible size of the club’s support base and that will become easier to achieve of the team can prove they’re capable of playing entertaining football in Europe.
Fans are more likely to keep coming back to support the side if they are watching an entertaining brand of football and if they are excited by the different atmosphere during European nights.
The main challenge for Slaven Bilic and the squad is ensuring that the next game gives the team a little more breathing space than the tense situation last week.