Cheick Tiote has epitomized the tremendous spirit in the Newcastle camp, when he was interviewed after the game last night.
Cheick Tiote receieving treatment
Cheick revealed he didn’t want to come off, after the game was held up over 8 minutes, as he was treated for a facial injury.
The 25-year-old was caught accidentally by John Mikel Obi, as the two men went for a high ball together, and the Ivorian suffered a deep gash above his right eye, as he was hit by Obi’s elbow.
Cheick ended up being taken off on a stretcher, and it was good to see the Chelsea fans applauding the midfielder, who had another energetic display for Newcastle in the white hot Stamford Bridge atmosphere.
Ryan Taylor came on to replace Tiote, as the Newcastle Doctor, Paul Catterson and physiotherapist David Henderson went with him down the tunnel, and it turns out that Dr. Catterson wouldn’t allow him to continue.
Cheick had this to say on the Newcastle web-site after the game:
“I wanted to play on but the doctor said it’s not possible to come back onto the pitch, so I had to respect his decision,”
“And the team finished the job so I’m happy tonight. It was painful but that’s football. I am okay and I’m just thinking about Sunday now.”
“When I was down, my eyes were groggy and I couldn’t see properly but now I’m okay and I will be fit for Sunday.”
“I wasn’t worried that we’d hold on because after that we stayed focused and played well. Then Papiss scored his second goal for a great result.”
“When I came off I just took a shower and after that, sat in the dressing room so I didn’t see the goal – only on video!”
“But it was a nice goal, a good finish and that’s Papiss – he scores every time and it’s good for us.”
“Chelsea have good players and it was another great win, like the one against Manchester United. We did very well as a team. Everyone did their job and we got a fantastic win.”
It was good news from Alan Pardew after the game, a delighted Alan Pardew we may add, that they would put something on Tiote’s gash, and he would be allowed to play against Manchester City on Sunday.
Of course at the time Newcastle were 1-0 up through a goal from Papiss Cisse, and were hanging on to their lead with some stout team defending.
And then in the 4th minute of stoppage time, which lasted 10 minutes because of the Tiote treatment, Papiss Cisse scored right out of the blue, with what could be the goal of the season.
And on the sidelines the Newcastle players, like Dan Gosling were smiling away, and Alan Pardew was seen to be saying “I don’t believe it”.
Well it was true, and it was Newcastle’s second goal, and that makes it 7 wins in the last 8 games, and 6 clean sheets along the way.
There’s only one word to describe that - simply unbelievable - make that two words.