Most people haven’t really blamed Cheick Tiote for Newcastle failing to win the game yesterday, but the truth is that it was the Ivorian’s indiscipline that cost Newcastle 2 points, and when it happened I have to say I was very annoyed (to say the least) at the Ivory Coast International.
Cheick Tiote – oh no – straight red card
In his first season on Tyneside Cheick picked up 15 yellow cards and one red card, and Alan Pardew had to leave him out of the last few games because another yellow card and he would have been banned for another two games.
In his second season he picked up 11 yellow cards and this season he has picked up 3 yellow cards and one red card, so in his 59 appearances he has 29 yellow cards and two red cards.
That’s slightly more than one card every two games for Newcastle – and it’s not good enough.
So it’s not as if Cheick hasn’t been in trouble before with referees, and in the Senegal vs Ivory Coast game earlier this month – he should have been sent off for hitting Papiss Cisse in the first half, but the referee seemed to miss it.
And it seemed that Tiote had orders to control himself yesterday, because in the first 25 minutes he was running behind an advancing Sunderland player a couple of times, and didn’t put in a tackle from behind, and at least the TV commentator mentioned this.
But then came that tackle on Steven Fletcher and a straight red card after only 25 minutes when everything had been going so well, and we were in trouble, and it was only the courage and fortitude of the Newcastle players from then on, that we were able to get a point of the game.
But with eleven men on the field surely we would have coasted through the game, after we dominated the first 25 minutes and Sunderland were little better in that second half, although they had more of the ball simply because Newcastle tried to contain them.
Tiote must improve his self-control and discipline of the pitch, otherwise he will become too much of a liability to the team.
What do you think?
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