Cheick Tiote had to go off in last night’s game after 81 minutes, when he was replaced by Danny Guthrie, but the good news is that Alan Pardew is hoping it’s just a bit of cramp.
Cheick Tiote in action last night
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has told the local press today that he thinks the Ivorian will very likely be fit for the game at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon against Norwich City.
This is what Alan said this morning:
“Cheick had cramp,” “We had no subs left, and we were losing bodies. Demba Ba, for example, could hardly move.” “We’re just hoping it was a bit of cramp.”
If Cheick cannot make it on Sunday then Danny Guthrie has shown more than once this season that he can get the job done for Newcastle, and he wouldn’t let the side down at all.
But it will be a gut check for the lads on Sunday afternoon, and it would be great to get back to our winning ways, after four games without a win.
Newcastle played very well last night, and because of the 95th minute disaster for Newcastle, the lads probably will not get the plaudits they deserved for last night’s performance.
It was always going to take a bit of a miracle to qualify for the Champions League in any case, but the Europa League is a different matter, and Newcastle are still excellently placed in 6th place in the league to eventually qualify for the secondarily European competition.
But we cannot afford to drop points against the lower teams in the league, and we’ve dropped four points against such teams in our last two home games.
It would be good to put a stop to that on Sunday afternoon, and a win against Norwich will raise the spirits of Newcastle fans and the players too.
That’s all that matters now – getting ready for Norwich and playing with the same skill and determinations the lads showed last night in London.
There’s not many teams that could give Arsenal a game in their current form and Newcastle did very well on the night, although that very very late winner was so hard to take.
But with teams like Everton and Sunderland in good form right now, Newcastle must keep picking up the points if we want to retain our 6th place in the league and possible Europa League qualification.