Tiote And Nolan Just One Caution Away From Two Match Ban

The weakness of the Newcastle squad is showing through at the moment.

Cheick Tiote with manager Alan Pardew

That’s because when we are missing kep players like Joey Barton and Jose Enrique we are not the same side, and we know that Jose will miss tomorrow’s game at the Britannia Stadium but we are hoping that Joey will be back from his thigh injury after missing the last two games, at the last moment.

And the fact that both Cheick Tiote and captain Kevin Nolan are on 9 yellow cards means that just one more caution will see them miss two games through suspension, and Cheick and Kevin are two of those very important players for the Newcastle team.

Alan Pardew will hope they will play without that affecting their game, although it’s only human nature to hold back a bit when you find yourself in that situation.

This is what Alan Pardew said today about the yellow cards and Cheick and Kevin:

“You have to ask them to play their normal game and not hold back, but of course they are aware of it.” “An example would be Everton’s first goal – when Saha controlled it and laid it back to Arteta, who skipped past Cheick.”

“Now, Cheick might have brought him down, because he was the last midfield player in the line and he didn’t and he is on nine yellows.” “Whether that was because of that situation, that is the sort of fine lines you are talking about.”

“The two players on nine yellows are Cheick and Kevin.” “They are very, very important players and we cannot afford to lose them for two games.”

“I remember Cheick having a few little words with the referee against Everton and Kev coming over and dragging him away.” “We are all very conscious of it, I think – you cannot not be conscious of something like that.”

“So it does play a slight negative role, if I am honest.” “It is a valid point. If I was on nine bookings, I would be looking to protect myself a wee bit.” “However, there will be no extra instruction from me on that, I don’t think I could do that.”

The fact that we badly miss some key players at Newcastle is proof positive that the squad doesn’t have enough quality, and we have to hope that Newcastle try their very best to hold onto both Jose Enrique and Joey Barton in the summer.

The news coming from the local papers on Tyneside suggest Jose may well be on his way, and probably to AC Milan, so the  club may have already lost that battle, but you never know, Jose may have a change of mind and want to stay at the Newcastle club.

But we need more quality brought in this summer, and it’s good that’s what Alan Pardew is after,  and we would hope that Newcastle can ship 5 fringe players out in the summer, and bring 5 quality players in.

Then  we would be all set for next season, and hopefully an attack on the top six in the Premier League.

That’s what we’re hoping for in any case.


Comments always welcome, but please respect the opinions of others.

5 comments so far

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 18, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #1

    we appear to be speechless – I’m not surprised

  • geoff777

    Mar 18, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed, I’m amazed by your optimism.
    Despite the colossal mis-management of the club that continues to embarrass NUFC fans around the world.

    I’d expect Ashley to buy cheaply and sell any of our quality players that decent offers come in for.

    If we’re in trouble by January 2012 he’ll spend a bit more to try to save our Premiership status.

    He’s quite happy for us to be a mid-table team. Raking in cash from the 52,000 and Sky.
    Buy cheap … sell on.

    Ashley loves money before football.
    I live in hope that someone buys him out asap.

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 18, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Geoff777 – very optimistic mate to take premier league status in January 2012 as a given. I f we lose tomorrow, and against Wolves, with an ever decreasing and disinterested squad, we are well and truly in the brown, smelly stuff,

  • atom

    Mar 18, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #4

    If I’m honest, I have to say how Tiote has escaped getting a caution in the past few matches is beyound me. Cautions are always gonna be part of his game. And it feels like he has been on 9 yellows forever.

  • steve1980

    Mar 18, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m starting to get annoyed by all the truly misplaced optimism doing the rounds on message boards such as this.

    What will happen is this – we will lose our next two games and find ourselves in the mire, big time. Our squad is paper thin because unlike all the teams around as, we weakened rather than strengthen.

    We needed players before Carroll left, but Pardew was obviously told that wasn’t going to happen, so he strung along the media and fans with half baked rubbish about bringing the right players in and all that double speak.

    Kuqi and Ameobi flown to the US for a face mask – its just embarrassment taken to a whole new level. I’m not saying we’ll go down – i suspect we’ll stay up by the skin of our teeth, but the momentum we had after beating Wigan and West Ham back to back was tremendous – THAT was the time to get the players in (Elmander, Larsson, Kranjcar), good but affordable players and really go for that European place.

    Instead, the club dilly dallied, lied, as is their way, and on the last day sold one of our most important players and brought in an injured ‘troubled’ midfielder…on loan!

    I admire the HWTL spirit of some folk out there but i find it hard to share the same sentiment when a season that should’ve been so much more has ended up being so, so much less…

    ps, if i’m wrong, and we get 3 points at Stoke tomorrow, no one will be happier than me, but it doesn’t change the reckless gambles Ashley continues to take with the safety of the club. As for the summer…well, my expectations are so low i may in the end be pleasently surprised!


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