Cheick Tiote To Start Against Wolves

Alan Pardew has admitted after the two week rest Newcastle have got since they were thrashed at Tottenham, the important part of the season starts tomorrow.

Cheick Tiote – straight back in against Wolves tomorrow

Newcastle will entertain Wolves tomorrow and thank goodness the team have no more breaks before the end of the season and have a game each weekend to complete their final 13 games by 13th May – unlucky for some.

And these 13 games will tell us just how good this team is and if they can make Europe next season,  because it could take a top five finish to qualify.

Newcastle will have everybody fit except long term injured players Steven Taylor, Sylvain  Marveaux and Leon Best and if there are more injuries we suppose Alan Pardew can recall players like Haris Vuckic and James Tavernier, who are out on loan and could do a job for the side.

This is some of what Alan had to say in yesterday’s press conference for the Wolves game:

“This is the important part of the season, Wherever I have managed. This is it. This is when it really matters. Everything else is just the foundation for this period.”

“This is when you have to be good and we have nothing to blame.” “We have some iconic players coming back, we’re at home and I have more or less told the squad I am looking to play what I think is my best team.”

“And now that is the foundation for us to go forward.” “Having Cabaye and Tiote back has given us a big lift. Cheick in particular, there was definitely some frustration at not winning the African Nations for him, because he is a winner.”

“He has kicked everything and everyone, including myself, but we have managed to calm him down and I will tell you now, Cheick will start on Saturday – he is a massive player for us.”

“My focus this week has been on Tottenham and making sure we put that into context because, even with my best team, I think, on that particular day, they would have beaten us.

“My response was exactly the same at half-time: ‘You are being completely outplayed here and the only way now is to make sure you come out of it with some credibility.’ This against Wolves is a different game.”

“The crowd’s expectation is to win. I have no problem with that but when things go poorly their reaction has been good, trying to lift us, trying to support us and that has been important.”

It’s not surprising that Cheick will start tomorrow’s game and we expect Yohan Cabaye to also start the game, since Alan has said he will field his best side.

From all accounts that the Newcastle players are in good fettle and ready to show the Newcastle fans tomorrow at St. James’ Park,  that they are a much better side than that which showed up last time out at White Hart Lane.

And it looks like Wolves will not have their new manager appointed before that game.

We have to think the lads can get all 3 points, if they can play somewhere near their best form, and anything else will be a disappointment and points lost.

A win is what we want to see.

Howay The Lads!!

20 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Come on NUFC


  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #2

    looking at some of the pardew Quotes,

    “My focus this week has been on Tottenham and making sure we put that into context because, even with my best team, I think, on that particular day, they would have beaten us.

    My response was exactly the same at half-time: ‘You are being completely outplayed here and the only way now is to make sure you come out of it with some credibility.’

    I would like to ask him “what did he say against arsenal las feb”. I think he said damage limitation, the players bailed him out

  • Dannyo

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    The Pardew bashing is becoming a stuck record for you atm.
    In nearly every thread u critisize Pardew. Would be nice if we could move on a bit.

    Otherwise, Pardew seemed pretty ruthless in the presser, it’s quite a contrast from how he handles his players usually. Players like Raylor for example gets to stay in the team despite several abysmal performances in a row at one time. Guthrie however, who has performed well, gets pushed aside.
    It’s an odd one, and one that i think will affect Guthries decision concerning a contract.
    But i understand, field your best players when u can, this is important due to our last defeat.
    But he’s basically saying that Guthrie isn’t good enough to help do that.

  • stretchintoon

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #4

    i know its nothing to do with the link but i was thinking you never see that slag kenny dogleash & that twat gillian mckeith in the same room…just a thought!

  • Ian Magpie

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5

    To those who weren’t around during the Keegan times and the run in that incredibly saw us lose the league. Hold onto your seats cos this is where it gets exciting!!!!! I kid you not from now till mid May you are going to feel emosions that you didn’t know existed!!!!!!!!!Delirious highs and heart breaking lows its all coming our way. Lets stick together and get behind the team cos make no mistake they are going to need us!

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #6


    You are right, i do criticize pardew sometimes, but, this time i just wrote that his comments were a bit strange.

  • FloridaToon

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #7


    I agree, kind of. Guthrie just seems to be the odd man out. Cabaye and Tiote are better in CM IMO and he is not a winger. So what can you do with him??

  • NUFCarter

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #8

    ‘sometimes’ indian magpie its every comment

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 24, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #9

    Not every 1, please see my comment @1

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #10

    So the strongest AP side is…. my guess :

    Simpson Willo Colo Santon
    Raylor Tiote Cabaye Jonas
    Cisse Ba

    IMO at the moment the strongest is:






    Or i could put R.Taylor to RB and Santon to LB, give Benny a free roaming role and see DEMBAS SCORING FOR FUN. This would be a very strong midfield, and creativity from benny is a must, he could concentrate on attacking tasks feeding “the sheep” 😀

  • NUFCarter

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #11

    I can see it under the text
    Sack Pardew now you say

  • ballerfan2

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #12

    The result at Spurs means that the team need an obvious lift and the return of Cabaye and Tiote who have unquestionably been two of our major influences this term gives that psychological boost. Like the majority, I feel a bit sorry for Guthrie and feel he is a terrific player who has done a great job whenever he has been called upon this season. Unfortunately with Tiote and Cabaye’s perfectly understandable, from the manager’s point of view, return, there is unlikely to be a place for him despite no personal blame being attached to him for the Spurs result. This is the modern squad game, certainly in a team with aspirations to compete against squads like Man City and the like. Athough I can understand Guthrie’s frustration it is something that the modern footballer needs to be able to accept or move on, much as I would hate that to happen.

  • Chrisdb

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #13

    its time for pardew to give ben arfa a run of 13 games if he wants to qualify high up. Always mentions best palyers but never seems to play them. Ben arfa has to play and start creating goals for the two upfront

  • magpie6699

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #14

    The Guthrie in / out issue is a common one and I think it is to do with having a full squad and yet keeping players involved – always a conundrum. If Pardew dropped Cabaye (say) and played Guthrie then we’d have people going “Ooh – Cabaye won’t like that, he could be on his way!” And yet I’ve lost track of the number of times people have gone on about the thin-ness of our squad and how we must have top quality options on the bench or for injury cover. Other squads manage it so why should we be different – I think some people want to have their cake and eat it!

  • magpie6699

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #15

    ballerfan – beat me to it!

  • Smule

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #16

    @Troleibusiukas_LTU Would love to see that formation against teams like wolves where we could attack alot. bit risky against top teams though!

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #17

    Smule // Feb 24, 2012 at 10:17 AM,

    yeah, i agree, but it would be entertaining right? 😀 5-2 or 4-1 every day for me instead of 1-0 or 2-1 at he end of the game and papers saying we’vebeen lucky… With that formation (our strongest) we could control midfield easily HBA and bemba drops back to keed possesion, Cabaye and guthrie shifts the ball, Santon and Jonas or Fergie or Raylor supports wide areas putting crosses. We just have to cut off the errors while defending from Wing backs, but Simpson is on the bench so that’s not a big problem i guess. 😀

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #18

    And Tiote is not olny for defending, he is a good passer too, can drive the ball forward. that formation would be like 6-7 players midfield, that’s how the strongest teams play.

  • Bloody Marveauxlous

    Feb 24, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #19

    @Troleibusiukas_LTU @10

    Great formation although I’d love to see a 4-1-2-1-2 or a




    Comments welcome, any suggestions

    Howay The Lads!

  • ballerfan2

    Feb 24, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #20

    Can’t understand why after spending the first few months of the season loudly decrying Raylor’s efforts at LB, people seem to have forgotten and are now putting him back there when we have finally got ourselves a proper LB. I like Raylor but he is not a good a defender as Simpson. He is best in MF but some way behind Cabaye and Guthrie.


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