Steve McClaren said that Cheick Tiote still had a job to do for us once he recovered from his long-standing knee injury and Steve was true to his word and Cheick has started the last four games.
It takes a few games for players to get back into the swing of things and we thought Cheick played well against Stoke but on Saturday – like a lot of other Newcastle players – he struggled.
Cheick Tiote – in action at Bournemouth
Vurnon Anita and Cheick were overrun a bit in the center of the field but we are still hoping that Cheick can do a job for us this season.
This is what the 53 times capped Ivorian International has said on the Newcastle web-site:
“It was a really good win for everyone – the players, the fans and the head coach. It was a massive win.”
“It wasn’t the best performance. We have had some games where we have played really well but didn’t win, so today the most important thing were the three points.”
“Sometimes it doesn’t matter how you play, as long as you get the result. The Premier League is very tough and you have to get wins however you can.”
“Getting a first away win is big for our confidence. We showed spirit and fight, and worked hard for each other.”
“It wasn’t easy for us but we did everything we could to keep a clean sheet, especially Robbie, who made some great saves and was magnificent.”
“We are out of the relegation zone now and that is very important. We have the opportunity to climb up the league now and that is what we will try to do.”
“It’s not easy to sit on the bench and watch the team play, so I am happy to be back in there doing my job.”
“I don’t enjoy watching games, every player feels the same, but when I am given the opportunity I have to do my best for the team, and hopefully I can continue to do that.”
Jack Colback is out for another four weeks or so with his knee injury, so we don’t have many options other than to play Tiote and Anita in the middle.
But it does point to Newcastle needing a defensive midfielder to come in – hopefully in January – but maybe next summer.
It was a great 3 points for us on Saturday even though the display was not good.
If we can play a lot better against Leicester at home on 21st November we could get our third win in five games and 10 points from those games.
That would be great!