Cheick Tiote came on after 82 minutes last Saturday, in the disappointing defeat against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, but he says he didn’t expect to walk straight back into the side, after being a way for some weeks at the African Cup of Nations representing the Ivory Coast.
Cheick Tiote in action on Saturday in London
James Perch remained in the starting line-up on Saturday, although it’s likely that Cheick will force his way into the starting lien-up by the time we play our next league game at home to Southampton in 13 days time.
This is what Cheick told said on the Newcastle United web-site about the game on Saturday:
“It was nice so be back because I was away for one month but now I am back and I have to do my best to help the team.” “The squad has changed since I have been away and it was good for us to sign some new players because now we have much more strength in the squad and more balance as well. “
“That can only be a good thing.” “I cannot just come straight back in. The team have been doing well while I was away and got a couple of really good wins.” “All that matters is the team, not who is playing. If we are winning games then you cannot expect to just come back and play from the start.”
“We played well today and I think we deserved a little bit more, maybe a draw.” “It was a tough game and it is never easy to play here, so I thought we did well but conceding the second goal was disappointing.” “We fought hard and worked hard though and on another day might have got something more.”
Alan Pardew seems to run a tight ship at Newcastle, and no player expects to just walk into the first team – certainly not Cheick and those are good sentiments from the Ivorian.
Next up for Newcastle are two games in the Europa league against FC Metalist Kharkiv on the following two Thursdays, and we may see Tiote start on Thursday night at St. James’ Park.
But Alan Pardew has gone out of his way to say this competition is not as important as the Premier League, and of course we lost ground over the weekend to two clubs beneath us – Southampton and Aston Villa both gained three points on Newcastle.
And in the Europa league, we still have a chance to go through because the manager can play his strongest side this Thursday night, with the next game being in a week.
It would be nice to start getting some wins in these games – any games.
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