Newcastle’s disciplinary record this season has not been good.
Cheick with Pardew after signing new six and a half year deal
Cheick Tiote will return tonight from a two match suspension for picking up 10 yellow cards on the season, and he also missed 3 games earlier this year for being sent off at Stevenage, and another game last year for picking up his first 5 yellow cards.
Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini have missed three games each for the fouls they committed at Bolton last November, and Joey Barton missed three games this year for punching Morton Pedersen in the home match against Blackburn.
So Newcastle have missed some of their top players this season through suspension, and of course Kevin Nolan is currently serving the second game of his two match suspension for picking up 10 yellow cards, , and he will have been suspended for three games in total this season.
Ryan Taylor was also suspended for three games for being sent off against Bolton at home, and James Perch missed a game recently for being sent off in a Reserve game against Manchester United.
So that’s around 21 matches players have missed at Newcastle this season through suspension, and given the small squad we have, that has had a big negative impact on the season.
And there’s no doubt at all that Newcastle have dropped points in the league, because of these players being suspended.
It’s hardly surprising that Alan Pardew has noticed that, and he talked yesterday about Cheick Tiote, and how he must improve his disciplinary record at Newcastle:
“From my 16 games here, Cheick’s missed five of them through suspension,” “That can’t be right and Kev’s missed two.”
“He can be overzealous at times.” “It’s something we’ve got to iron out next year, we can’t afford these suspensions.” “It’s an important balance and Tiote needs to get that right.”
“He is important to us and we have missed him. We missed him against Aston Villa with the pace they have in the team and having him back in the side is going to help us considerably.”
Cheick’s been aware for some time that he needs to improve his disciplinary record and hopefully he will learn, and sooner rather than later.
Let’s hope he doesn’t get a yellow card tonight against the might of Manchester United.