There was a lot of good stuff to take out of the game on Saturday.
Cheick Tiote – excellent game on Saturday
One of them was that the central midfield pairing of Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote is starting to come together and both players had very good games with Yohan putting in a great second half, as he was given license by Alan Pardew to push forward more and he almost scored three times.
Oncwe he hit the cross-bar with a great shot and then he hit a remarkable right foot shot that looked like a winner all the way but then man Shay Given made a wonder save – unfortunately, and blocked Newcastle from getting the win.
And Cheick’s role is of course important and he did well in that second half to plug any gaps created by the advancing Cabaye, and Newcastle looked a lot more likely to score and with just a little bit of luck could have won the game.
But we’re not complaining because Newcastle have had enough of good luck so far this season, and things will even themselves out over the season.
Cheick had not played near his great form of last season, but he was buzzing from the opening whistle on Saturday, and looked like his old self, and that will do a lot for the Ivory International’s confidence.
The Cabaye – Tiote partnership could be huge for Newcastle this season, and another thing was that Tiote didn’t get his customary yellow card at Villa Park, so that’s good too.
Although goal-scorer Leon best got a yellow card for too much celebrating after he scored, which we think is simply ridiculous – these referees need to lighten up a bit – and if only the understood (and has played) the game more.
As legendary Liverpool manager once said about referees:
“The trouble with referees is that they know the rules, but they do not know the game.”
Of course Bill was dead right as he usually was when managing Liverpool.
And speaking of Liverpool we saw they got two men sent off and were hammered by an impressive looking Spurs side yesterday.
And to think Andy Carroll and Jose Enrique could have been at a club that is currently 4th top of the Premier League. Well, we all make mistakes!