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Newcastle can ‘win anywhere’ and will bounce back from ‘disappointing’ defeat

Newcastle can ‘win anywhere’ and will bounce back from ‘disappointing’ defeat

Rio Ferdinand believes Newcastle will bounce back from a “disappointing” defeat to Borussia Dortmund, with the Magpies’ UEFA Champions League hopes “not over by any means”.

Felix Nmecha scored the only goal of the game, guiding a pinpoint effort beyond Nick Pope on the stroke of half-time.

However, despite the sucker-punch defeat in their second home game, Ferdinand thinks Newcastle are capable of getting results on the road to keep their knockout chances alive.

“They’ll be disappointed,” he told TNT Sports on the soaking wet turf at St. James’. “When the draw was made, I don’t think many people in this stadium expected Newcastle to go on and destroy PSG the way they did.

“But I think they would have expected to get something out of this game, even just a draw. I think today, based on chances, a draw would have been a fair result, but you do have to commend the Dortmund team that have come here.

“I mentioned experience, they were calm and cool under pressure when it mattered. Cleared their lines, and they were a threat all day today.

“I would say this Newcastle team will be in that dressing room disappointed because they had opportunities there, had chances, hit the woodwork a couple of times.

“But it’s not over by any means, they’re going to go away and they’ve got a team capable of going anywhere and winning.”

Former Newcastle striker Les Ferdinand agreed with Ferdinand and said Howe’s players will “lick their wounds” following Thursday’s result, but insisted they are still in the competition.

“They certainly can [surprise everyone],” he said. “I think when you look at the PSG game, it was everything you could have hoped for as a Newcastle fan and player on the night.

“Not every game is going to go that way. We knew this was going to be a tough game, Dortmund coming not having won, but they haven’t lost in the Bundesliga this season.

“You knew this was going to be a tough game, and it was a tough game. They’re a very, very good team and Newcastle will go back and lick their wounds, but as you said, they’re still in this competition.”

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