Thu 26 Oct 2023, 10:49 · Ash Harrison

'We go again': NUFC owner offers words of encouragement to £40m midfielder after Dortmund defeat

'We go again': NUFC owner offers words of encouragement to £40m midfielder after Dortmund defeat
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Newcastle United got their first taste of Champions League defeat last night and it has not gone down well with a large section of supporters.

It would have been naïve to expect Newcastle to dominate the Champions League this soon, so a defeat at some point was inevitable, especially given that we were drawn in this season's 'Group of Death'.

Still, when we had several huge opportunities to get something from the game, it's understandable that frustration could linger.

A quick look on social media will reveal just how some fans are taking it. Suffice it to say, it's not pretty reading. The Toon Army's propensity to overreact is on full display in some quarters, but the truth is that Dortmund were the best side we've faced so far.

Newcastle could make plenty of excuses for last night's performance

The conditions were horrific and that really seemed to hurt us. We couldn't play our usual game properly because the ball was skidding off the surface unpredictably.

St. James' Park started off in full voice but the early injury to Alexander Isak seemingly sucked the atmosphere out of the ground and, except for a few brief moments, it never got back up to anything like the levels it did against Paris Saint-Germain.

As fans, we can sit and wallow and make excuses all we like, but the players have no choice but to snap out of it and get on with it. We've got Wolves on Saturday and that game has to have their full focus now.

Mehrdad Ghodoussi was on hand to offer encouragement as always

Bruno Guimarães has already made that clear in his Instagram and X posts after the game.

"Very disappointed with the score tonight! I think we deserved more! No time to be sad we move on! Howay the lads."

The £40 million man had a good game and did a lot of things right, but unfortunately for him, he was surrounded by too many teammates who were simply off their games.

Newcastle's co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi spotted Bruno's endeavour, however, and offered words of encouragement in his reply to Bruno on Instagram:

"You gave everything, just wasn’t our night. We go again."

We love that from Mehrdad, who has handled himself impeccably since becoming co-owner.