Cheick Tiote had a decent game today but was again outshone by the play of Vurnon Anita, who is coming on in leaps and bounds at the club, and his corners and free kicks into the penalty box today were simply superb.
Cheick Tiote – in action this afternoon
And Cheick unfortunately picked up yet another yellow card, which means that he will miss the game at Old Trafford next Wednesday.
It was a bit ugly but it was a win nevertheless today – and it was a terrific strike from Shola Ameobi that got us all three points this afternoon.
The game was played between two very nervous sides, but in the second half Newcastle started to get on top and a wonderful effort form Shola Ameobi wrapped up a precious three points for Newcastle who now have 20 points from their 18 league games – which sounds a bit better.
This is what Cheick said after a game in which it was a massive three points for Newcastle:
“Everyone was not nervous but focused on the game and everyone did their job,” “That’s why we got the three points.” “And the confidence will be higher now, and for the next game against Manchester United that’s important.”
“I think it was a good performance from everyone today. We knew what we had to do going into the game because of the results in the last two matches.” “This game was an important one because we have two big games against Man United and Arsenal so today it was important to win.”
“And that’s what we did, so everyone’s happy. We played well as a team and we won the game.”
Cheick picked up his 5th booking of the season on 63 minutes and will miss the game at Old Trafford, so we would expect maybe James Perch to take up the defensive midfield role for that game – which we have little hope of getting anything out of – but you never know.
It wasn’t a great game for the purists today – but it was still a precious three points for Newcastle.
Howay The Lads!!
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