Eddie Howe concedes Newcastle must beat Paris St Germain and AC Milan to keep their Champions League hopes alive.
Borussia Dortmund secured back-to-back Group F victories over the Premier League side by defeating the Magpies 2-0 on Wednesday evening.
Later this month, they will travel to Paris with just four points from their first four fixtures in the bank. They are aware that anything less than three points at the Parc des Princes could be disastrous, especially with Milan scheduled to visit St James’ Park in December.
Asked if they should collect at least one point from France, Howe replied: “Yes. It’s difficult to tell at this stage, but we are probably going to have to win our last two games.”
Howe had to contemplate missed opportunities after a challenging night at Signal Iduna Park, as the team he had assembled from the remains of his injury-plagued squad didn’t meet his expectations.
His choice to initiate 19-year-old full-back Lewis Hall led to an early setback when he received a booking in the ninth minute, which ultimately led to his substitution at half-time in an attempt to prevent a second caution. The Magpies did show improvement, but it wasn’t sufficient to alter the outcome.
Howe replied: “Very similar to Dortmund (at home) last month, a frustration on our performance knowing there is more in the tank to give. We’re better than that and can show a better version of ourselves than we did.
“I don’t think Dortmund have seen the best Newcastle and that always leaves a feeling of frustration. But we accept it, we’ve delivered it and we have to look to the future now.”