Newcastle Have Work To Do To Avoid Relegation

Cheick Tiote will be traveling back to Tyneside this week, after he played the full game for the Ivory Coast in their 3-0 win against Gambia on Saturday in World Cup qualifying, with goals from Wilfried Bony, Yaya Toure and Salomon Kalou.

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Cheick Tiote – we still have work to do

Their next qualifying game is in June so Cheick will be back early this week to start preparing for the tough game at Manchester City on Saturday.

And with only 33 points from our 30 games played, Newcastle are certainly not safe yet, and Cheick is well aware of that, as he had this to say today in the Evening Chronicle:

“I think we have more work to do. You never know what can happen. The Premier League is so, so different to any other league in the world.”

“Any team can win four or five games and get out of it. So that’s what we will aim to do and then we will be safe.” “I always enjoy playing for Newcastle. Since my first year it has been a great place for me to play.”

“And I want it to continue that way for a long time.”

With our unfortunate last minute loss to Wigan, that has changed things a lot from what they would have been if we could have held out for the 1-1 draw. A draw would have seen us 9 points ahead of third bottom placed Wigan, who have a game in hand.,

But that is now 6 points and will be 3 points if Wigan win their game in hand, and they have a tendency of picking up points  late in the season, as they again fight for survival.

Tiote is in his third season on Tyneside after joining us from FC Twente in the summer of 2010 for around £3.5M, but his place is under pressure at the moment from the likes of Vurnon Anita, the Dutch International, and of course we also have young 19 year-old Gael Bigirimana coming through quickly.

But that’s football, and Newcastle now have more competition for places than we’ve had in a long time – and that’s good.

We hope we can get something out of the game on Saturday – how do you think we’ll do?

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12 comments so far

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 25, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #1

    cant realistically see us getting owt from this game with all our injuries. were sort of back to where we were before the arrivals came. without cabs in there we lack creativity and although hes getting slightly better at it, someone needs to fully instruct cisse on the offside rule

  • Troy Stavers

    Mar 25, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m sure we are safe. We only need another win and a draw I reckon. I’m looking to finish in the top 10 not relegation.

    On a different note, I’ve ordered a bucket seat for my toon seat in the 7th tier. It costs £250 to have it installed and you can pay by direct debit.

    They are only available on the top tier as its out the view of the TV cameras. I cannit wait to be sitting there whilst those around me are sitting in their crappy placca seats.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 25, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #3

    I think this season has been a wakeup call everyone at NUFC (maybe even us fans as weel)

    …god knows we don’t agree on this blog on the basics of football or NUFC)

    Maybe this has good for us – I still think we are on the right path, but alot of bad mistakes have been made this season and most players has underperformed. The future will show if we have learned from past mistakes or not 🙂

  • Bambams

    Mar 25, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Will your bucket seat come with a ” booster infil ” ……

    Agree with you we wont go down, need 6 more points though. Imo


    Mar 25, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #5

    City have very little to play for in the league and most of their players have dropped off considerably from what I’ve seen of them recently we took the game to Man Utd over Xmas with a much weaker team so hold no fear and go hard at them worst that can happen is we lose


    Mar 25, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Oh and fair play to Tiote everyone’s a bit cocky with this safety we think we have when we aren’t yet secure

  • lesh

    Mar 25, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #7


    Wouldn’t it have been cheaper to wear your colostomy back for the match??

  • lesh

    Mar 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #8

    • colostomy back = colostomy bag!

  • GeordieDan

    Mar 25, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #9

    Will Yaya Toure be playing or is he in the huff still ?(think I read that)

    That bloke just runs through us even if we play very well against Man City as we did at SJP at the end of last season.

    They’re hardly a 1 man tam but I would fancy our chance far more if Toure (man moutain) isn’t playing.

    It will make a very interesting contest between him and Sissoko though should he play-who better to model yourself on if you’re Moussa?

  • Troy Stavers

    Mar 25, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #10


    You made a right piss bag of yourself there !! 😀


    Mar 25, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #11

    Just as long as we hammer The Mackems when we play them on 13 April !

  • geordiemark

    Mar 25, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #12

    the way is to play 3-5-2 match them all the way and you never know we might just nick the 3 points


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