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  Tuesday, 24 September, 2002, 21:45 GMT 22:45 UK
Robson vows to battle on
Alan Shearer was off target for Newcastle
Shearer had a poor night in front of goal
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Newcastle boss Bobby Robson refused to admit his team's Champions League dream is over - but he admitted things do not look good.

A 1-0 defeat at the hands of Feyenoord leaves the Magpies bottom of Group E without a goal or a point, following last week's 2-0 reverse at Dynamo Kiev.

"We could and should have scored. Not only has it been a disappointing night but a cruel, unfortunate night for us," Robson said on ITV2.


We had such high hopes but we're not out of it and we won't give up
Alan Shearer

"We will play a lot worse than we did and win.

"The goal was made out of our errors and that has cost us this huge game. We made one mistake and got punished, while they have not made any and have defended very well.

"We were looking for a couple of crumbs but got nothing all night.

"It has damaged us. We've played two games and got no points - but it's not all over.

"We won't give it up just because we're bottom of our group.

"There are four games to play and on Tuesday's evidence we need a bit of luck."

Striker Alan Shearer had several chances to get on the scoresheet, but was denied by Feyenoord keeper Edwin Zoetebier, who spent some time at Newcastle's rivals Sunderland.

Poor finishing

But the skipper also remained defiant despite the odds being against them making it through to the next stage.

He said: "We couldn't have played any better to be honest - but we got off to a terrible start.

"Poor defending let them in with a goal and it took a cruel deflection - but from then on I thought only one team was going to win it.

"Poor finishing and good goalkeeping kept us out - on another night I could have had three.

"It's repairable but it's going to be difficult from now on - two defeats is not ideal.

"We had such high hopes but we're not out of it and we won't give up."

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