Newcastle United director reveals Mehrdad Ghodoussi’s pre-match tradition - ‘works every time’

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Mehrdad Ghodoussi and Jamie Reuben’s Newcastle pre-match tradition

Newcastle United co-owners Mehrdad Ghodoussi and Jamie Reuben’s pre-match tradition was back to being a good omen following the 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Eddie Howe’s men ended a run of six games without a win by edging past Wolves at St James’ Park. Hwang Hee-Chan’s 70th-minute equaliser cancelled out Alexander Isak’s first-half opener before substitute Miguel Almiron netted the winner, 11 minutes from time.

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The three points got the Magpies back on the European track - moving up to fifth in the Premier League table, with the delight of Howe & Co shared by the club’s owners.

Before each match, Reuben revealed he and Ghodoussi shared a ritual. The Magpies board member tweeted: “Shot before game tradition still unbroken.” Replying after the game, Ghodoussi said: “Works every time.”

The win over Wolves also saw the return of the iconic dressing room photo, which also prompted a response from Ghodoussi. He tweeted: We’ve missed these! Howay the lads!”

Howe’s side can move one point behind fourth place Tottenham Hotspur with three points at Nottingham Forest on Friday night (kick-off 8pm). Stand-in skipper Kieran Trippier has not hidden his desire to chase Champions League qualification.

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“We shouldn’t be shy to say that (the top four is within reach),” Trippier told Sky Sports yesterday. “We’re in a great position in the league. We’ve got to take it a game at a time but we’ve got to attack every single game.

“As a club, we want to be in Europe. We want to be in the Champions League but we know how relentless this league is - we know how tough the games are. We’ve got to stick together. (There are) 13 more tough matches, and (we will) see where we are at the end of May.”

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