Cheick Tiote seems back to his best again, and it was great to see the Ivorian proudly lead the Newcastle team out onto the filed yesterday as captain, and he had a great game, and since Vurnon Anita is pushing him big time for his starting position, don’t forget the impact Vurnon is having at the moment, even when he doesn’t start games.
Cheick Tiote challenges Jordan Henderson yesterday
Cheick was great in his first season at the club, but picked up far too many yellow cards, but over the last two seasons he hasn’t been as good, but yesterday he gave a wonderful performance in Newcastle colors as the defensive midfielder who wins the ball and the gives it to players who have the skill to start things moving – like Yohan Cabaye – as just one example.
Cheick was one of the many good things that we can take out of the game yesterday.
And it’s not surprising that Alan Pardew last night praised the Ivorian, who may have just given one of his best overall performances for Newcastle – he was that good:
“That was as good as I have ever seen from Cheick. I felt if you take Gerrard out their team, that’s the equivalent to us losing Coloccini.”
“I thought we needed someone to replace him with the same instincts, and that is to lead by performance.” “Cheick needed to do that and I thought he was absolutely brilliant.”
“I know Steven won man of the match and I’m not going to argue with that, but in my eyes Cheick shaded it with all he had to do today.”
“I spoke to Yohan about it. I just felt that because of the events from the start of the season, in terms of the fans and club, we need some time together.”
“And he took that as you would expect. He is a fantastic person and hit a wonder goal.”
That’s more good man management from Alan Pardew that he talked to Yohan Cabaye about the captaincy – and it doesn’t seem to have affected Cabaye much, and he scored another glorious goal for Newcastle, and again looked superb in midfield.
It was an excellent result yesterday for our lads, and a really brilliant performance of skill and guts to take a point, even though we were up against one of the best teams in England with only ten men in that second half.
Did I make it clear we were great yesterday?