Pardew fielded an inexperienced side at the Stade Chaban-Delmas with the likes of Davide Santon, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba all left at home nursing injuries and Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye on the long-term casualty list.
However, he is hoping that by the time they resume their European campaign in February, his hand will have been strengthened considerably.
Pardew said: "We wanted to qualify, that was the first agenda in this competition, and we did that with a game to spare.
"I think it would have been difficult coming here if we both hadn't qualified and they played their best team on that pitch.
"It would have been difficult for us because they have got some very good players.
"But the bottom line is we have qualified and we can look forward to February.
"I am just hoping that, fingers-crossed, when we come out of the other side of the window, we have got a stronger squad."