I´m not the only Newcastle fan who has had their heart in their mouth during the first half of each of our last two games with a certain Mr. Cheick Tiote.
Cheick was booked after 5 minutes against Norwich City and after 14 minutes against Sunderland and then he was one more daft challenge away from being sent off for picking up a second yellow card and we would be down to 10 men and probably game over.
As it turned out last Sunday we did go down to 10 men when Colo was sent off just before half-time.
Cheick Tiote in action against Southampton in August
Cheick has seemed to be out of control at times the way he lunges into tackles and if he continues to do that he´s going to continue to pick up yellow cards.
In 130 appearances for Newcastle, Cheick has picked up 49 yellow cards.
Jack Colback will be out injured for up to six weeks so we will have to rely on Cheick and Vurnon Anita and we need the Ivorian to stay on the field.
Steve McClaren was asked if he had to rein in Cheick and this is how Steve responded to that question:
“I know Cheicky, you know Cheicky” “You will know, don’t need me to tell you, but of course emotional control and control in a game is one of the key elements.”
“Already we’ve had three games with 10 men and we’ve got to learn from that. So play with a kind of intensity but that has to be controlled – and that includes Cheicky.”
“I thought he was excellent first-half last week against Sunderland, I really thought he was excellent.” “He got 45 minutes against Norwich – which he needed – and I thought he was excellent and I didn’t want to take him off.”
“But I just felt that we needed to attack this and score, there’s no point in him and Vurnon Anita being there, we need to go for it. The cards played a big role in that.”
“With Jack out we’ve got two midfield players now, so it´s a big responsibility on their shoulders.”/
Tiote and Anita are now big players for us in the next month or more while Jack Colback is out injured.
We hope they both have good games tomorrow against Stoke and Cheick gives us a controlled performance.
Howay The Lads!!