Mehrdad Ghodoussi’s three-word message to Newcastle United star - and Alan Shearer
Newcastle United’s owners were delighted with the win over Chelsea - and who can blame them.
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It was another memorable evening on Tyneside as Eddie Howe’s side sent the Geordie-faithful home happy in their last game before the five-and-a-half week World Cup break.
Patience was required in a closely fought encounter. Graham Potter’s side sat deep and looked to play on the counter-attack but United managed to get their breakthrough just after the hour-mark - and hold out for three points.
Joelinton sent a ball over the top to Miguel Almiron, who cut inside of Kalidou Koulibaly to set up Joe Willock and his effort flew past goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. The victory ensured Howe’s men remained third in the Premier League table heading into the break and extend their unbeaten run to 10 matches.
The scenes at the end were a joy to behold as Howe & Co celebrated with the home supporters. So too were the owners, quite understandably, in a jubilant mood. When they acquired the club in October last year, relegation was on the cards. Fast forward to now, and United are in the Champions League spots after 15 games.
Immediately after the full-time whistle, Alan Shearer praised Newcastle for “another very impressive performance” and “making Chelsea look very very average.” Ghodoussi, in just two words, perhaps summed up how every supporter was feeling by replying with “get in”.
Several Newcastle players reacted to the result on social media, but it was Sven Botman’s post that provoked a direct response from Ghodoussi. Botman, a £35million summer signing from Lille, posted “what a time to be a Geordie” - a clear indication of how quickly he has embraced the fanbase. The Magpies co-owner replied: “you were superb”.
Newcastle United is pulling together as one, with everyone associated with the club clearly aligned with the same vision. There is an indescribable spirit - and who knows where that could take Howe’s men in the second half of the campaign.