We thought that Cheick Tiote made a huge difference to the Newcastle side yesterday in what was the first start for the Ivorian this season, after he had come in the second half in the disaster against Southampton.
Cheick Tiote – in trouble with cramp yesterday
Cheick is now one of our vice captains, and it seems the extra responsibility has been good for Tiote, and he has always given 100% effort, but when he’s on form like he was yesterday, he’s just buzzing in midfield.
In fact he put so much effort into the game yesterday, that he was struggling in the last quarter with cramp, and he went down more than once with leg cramps.
And with five minutes to go Cheick finally limped off and was replaced by Sammy Ameobi, who had a decent enough performance out on the left wing.
It was a case of Cheick Tiote giving more than he had to give, and he ran himself into the ground yesterday – but a fighting performance from Cheick for the side yesterday.
We were concerned after the game that Cheick had been injured, but if it was just cramp then he should be fine from the game at Stoke a week tomorrow night, and he will have 9 days to recover for that game, which is good.
Newcastle have dropped to second bottom in the league after West Brom this afternoon got a shock 1-0 win at Tottenham.
Manchester United were 3-1 up at Leicester and cruising to victory, but Nigel Pearson’s men came back in the last 30 minutes with four goals, including two penalties, as the Manchester United defense collapsed and made Newcastle’s look good – and that’s saying something.
So two surprising results so far in the Premier League today.
We think that Alan Pardew will need to get one win in the next two games – both on the road at Stoke and Swansea – otherwise Mike Ashley may get a little bit nervous that we will stay down in the relegation zone this season.
What do you think?
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