Cheick Tiote had missed the last six games for Newcastle, which were all wins, but unfortunately when the Ivory Coast International returned to the side yesterday as captain, we were beaten 1-0 at West Ham, in what was anther close game.
Cheick Tiote in action yesterday at Upton Park
Maybe the right result was a draw, but over the last six games we have had close games too and somehow managed to get a goal at the right time to win the games, so we cannot complain too much yesterday when West Ham got a rather lucky goal.
The margin between winning and losing in the Premier League these days are razor-thin.
But the Newcastle defense was also lapse when Aaron Cresswell moved onto a wayward shot from Cheikhou Kouyate to put the ball into the back of the net after 56 minutes.
Newcastle had a bit of a patched up side yesterday, with Tim Krul being the latest Newcastle player to pick up an injury on the training field, and he is now out a number of weeks during the busy December holiday period.
Rob Elliot stood in yesterday and had a decent game.
This is what Cheick said on the Newcastle web-site after the game yesterday:
“Everybody is disappointed because we lost but we are trying to take the positives we can from the game,”
“It wasn’t our best game but we did not deserve to lose. A draw would have been fair and would have been good for both teams.” “They did not do anything special to win the game and the goal was lucky.”
“Their player missed his shot and we didn’t follow the other player, who went in to score. It was very frustrating because it was not a good goal.”
“But this is football and we will take the good parts of our performance into Tuesday night at Burnley.” “It is important to remember that we won our last six games,.
“We are in a good position, in good condition and if we win on Tuesday then one defeat in this game is not too bad.” “We will do everything we can to come back against Burnley – it is a very important game.”
The result ends our six game winning streak and our seven game unbeaten streak, and we will be without both Jack Colback and Moussa Sissoko on Tuesday night at Burnley.
Moussa was sent off after 75 minutes for picking up two yellow cards, and Jack picked up his fifth yellow card of the season.
Both will be available for what will be a very tough games next Saturday in the early kick-off game against Chelsea at St. James’ Park.
Burnley are on a revival at the moment, having taken seven points from their last three league games.
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