Cheick Tiote was interviewed after the game yesterday on the Newcastle web-site, and he made some surprising comments, saying the players didn’t feel good during the game and he has no idea what happened. Fans didn’t feel good after the game either.
John Carver and Felix Magath before the game
Cheick didn’t have his usual energetic game, and he has this to say:
“We are disappointed. Everyone is down.” “We lost the game and wanted a better result today and a better performance.”
“I don’t know what went wrong. We didn’t feel good, we didn’t feel sharp as a team and there was a lot of sloppy passing and tackling.”
“Sometimes this happens and you have no idea why.” “It was different without the manager but there was still the same coaching team – JC (John Carver), Stoney (Steve Stone) and Woody (Andy Woodman).”
“So I don’t think you can say we lost because the manager wasn’t on the bench.” “The team have to take responsibility for the way we played.”
Those are not good comments from Cheick, because it looks like he has no idea what went wrong yesterday, and that’s not good.
And although the players will deny it, as Cheick has, that sounds to us like they missed Alan Pardew on the touchline – and that’s not good either – because there are six more games without Pardew on the touchline.
The players need a big kick up the behind before next Saturday’s game against 4th bottom Crystal Palace at St. James’ Park, and a win is possible – but we’ll need somebody to score the goals.
Papiss Cisse missed two good chances yesterday, and Luuk de Jong missed one, and Loic Remy is out injured for the next two games.
It doesn’t look good.
What do you think?