Cheick Tiote was only one of the many Newcastle players who were the Toast of Tyneside on Saturday night.
Cheick Tiote – photo captures celebration of incredible goal
And of course with just 3 minutes left in normal time, Tiote produced his first goal for Newcastle, and the unbelievable goal and his subsequent celebration that will live forever in the annals of the great Newcastle United Football Club.
If ever there was a time when Newcastle fans brimmed with Geordie pride, it was when we all celebrated that fantastic equalizer.
Because Newcastle had done the impossible – they had come back from four goals down against one of the best teams in England – and in the end they were even unlucky not to win the game 5-4.
Cheick is a huge huge favorite with Newcastle fans, because he’s a great lad with a big heart, and he did himself no harm on Saturday, as his celebration will be a video highlight for years to come.
This is what Cheick said after he unofficially had broken the world’s 50 meter sprint record after the goal:
“It is the greatest goal I have ever scored,” “Unbelievable. Incredible. It just felt so good for Newcastle, for my team-mates and the fans. It was the greatest moment of my career.”
“This would not happen in any other league. In Spain, Italy, Holland, France, teams don’t come back from four goals down. That is what is great about English football.”
“That is why I love it. The English mentality is never say die, it’s never over. I like that. It was a crazy game. I have never been in a game like it before but I am so happy.”
“It’s been a difficult week for the club with Andy going and it’s nice to end it on a positive. He’s just one player. We have to move on and I think we have done that.”
Newcastle fans are willing to excuse the lads for that first half, but only this once.
But from now on, our team must press on, and the lads must turn up for every single game left this season.
What happened last Monday is over, it’s history, and the lads can still finish the season strongly – and anything is possible when you show the passion the Newcastle players showed in that second half. Miracles can happen.
And things are tightening up at the bottom of the table, and both Birmingham, Wigan and Wolves won over the weekend, so Newcastle are just 5 points above the drop zone.
We need to get some wins under our belt, and it would be good to start at Blackburn Rovers next Saturday.
But we’ll celebrate the great achievement of Saturday, when we captured an amazing point, in what is being talked about as the greatest 45 minute performance in Premier League history.
Only Newcastle United could have done that!