Cheick Tiote will lead the Newcastle team out on Sunday against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, and should be the Newcastle captain for a number of games now that Coloccini is likely to be out for a couple of months, which was the bad news reported last night.
Check Tiote – will lead Newcastle out on Sunday
In the corresponding game last year Newcastle were playing well and 1-0 up in the first half, but then Cheick lunged into a tackle and was sent off, and we couldn’t hold Sunderland in that second half, and a late Demba Ba own goal tied the scores.
But Tiote seems to be picking up less cautions these days, and he had this say today in the Chronicle:
“I don’t read anything on the internet or TV.” “It isn’t important for me. We just have to focus in the most important area – on the pitch.”
“If we do our jobs we will win games. That is the most important thing.” “Our fans have travelled everywhere.” “I am always happy when we give them wins.”
“We don’t want to send them home unhappy.” “There is no escape from the criticism if we lose games. It is hard. But we know we have good players in this team.”
“If everybody is focused we will do well.” “The only way we can answer people is by winning. If we lose we have to make sure we don’t repeat the mistakes.”
“We have been trying to do that in the last few games. We must stay compact as a team and stay together. If we do we’ll win the game.” “When you’re on the pitch you have to give everything for the fans and the manager.”
We need to get something out of this game with Sunderland really struggling this season with just one point from their first eight games, and a Newcastle defeat would be terrible, and it would be the second loss in succession to the Black Cats, and that would not be good.
But we’ll get an idea on Sunday if the team is becoming more professional and consistent, which is what we need to see after some calamitous defeats against Manchester City, Everton and Hull City already this season.