Cheick Tiote has had to struggle to get a starting position in the Newcastle first team this season because of the good form of Dutchman Vurnon Anita, but Cheick started the game at Cardiff City on Saturday and put in a good shift in defensive midfield, which saw Newcastle score an excellent 2-1 road win against tough opposition.
Cheick Tiote – had good game on Saturday
It was a perfect result for Newcastle after two successive league defeats, and the Ivory Coast International seems pleased with his performance, and he didn’t even get a yellow card:
“I think that’s me back to my best and it was important for me to play well in this game because it has been a difficult start.”
“I’m happy with my performance, and hopefully I can continue to play like that for the rest of this season.”
“It’s a good result for us and a big win because we lost two of our last Premier League games,” “I think we did a good job.”
“There was pressure on us to get a result especially when it’s not easy to come here.”
It was an excellent performance and the lads hung on in that second half, and there were one or two dicey moments for Newcastle, but we also had two or three good chances to score in that final 45 minutes, and really should have had at least one more goal to make the win more secure, and also improve our goal difference.
Cheick is in the Ivory Coast squad who take on Senegal on Saturday in Abidjan in World Cup qualifying, and then the two teams face off in Casablanca the following Wednesday.
So Tiote will be up against Papiss Cisse, who is still nowhere near his best for Newcastle this season, but at least the Ivorian is getting close to his best form – and that’s got to be good news for Newcastle.
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