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Newcastle Star – Win Will Give Us Confidence

2:28 pm, Monday, November 9th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

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.

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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!

Comments welcome.

Tags: Cheick Tiote · Coaching · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JDdubai // Nov 9, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    Ed ffs

    We dont need another DM, we have 3. We need a playmaker/Cabaye type who can do the hard work as well but can pass and dictate the game as well, and even get a few goals from CM, something we have lacked since he left.

  • 2 Ibizatoon // Nov 9, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    JD…I suppose it comes down to what system Mcclaren wants to play going forward, and whether other players can fulfill the roles they’ve been bought for.

    For instance, Wijnaldum could provide that Cabaye impact, but he’s having to play out wide due to Thauvin not being ready (or maybe never will be).

    Personally, I like Anita, and within the right system think he could do a really good job (although I accept he could be upgraded). Tiote is looking more like the old player we grew to love, but he’s been missing for a long time, so people rightly have reservations.

    I have nothing against Colback, but don’t view him as integral to anything really.

    The upshot is yes, we have 3of them, but really they need upgrading.

    Mind, it’s hard to find a postion within the team that doesn’t need upgrading or bolstering.

    What’s your priority position?

  • 3 JDdubai // Nov 9, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    CB and CM need the biggest improvements for me.

    CB first choice would be Shawcross, CM would be Tielemens. Both highly unlikely i know but not harm in trying them and moving onto 2nd choice from there.

    Shawcross especially i think would be ideal for us. Tall, strong, tough, a proper leader, vocal. Think him and Mbemba would be a top pairing next year.

    Tielemens is a fantasy pick i know but we could offer a lot of csh up front and see where it goes, similar to the Mitrovic deal where no-one would match our offer. Hopefully we did the Mitro and Mbemba deals in good spirit and have a good relationship with Anderlecht now.

  • 4 martoon // Nov 9, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    JD – I like Shawcross as well but realistically why would he leave Stoke to come to us? At the moment we are about the same level as Stoke and I would imagine pay similar wages so I don’t see why he would come here?

  • 5 JDdubai // Nov 9, 2015 at 3:12 PM


    Yeah i know, he’d also cost a fortune most likely. Might be different if the season turns out positive for us and not so for them, even though its a long shot.

    But, he is at Stoke, not a team challenging for Europe so its not like trying to get Kompany from City 🙂 Anyway its the Shawcross type player we need, not many around with proven PL experience either sadly.

    Also i wonder just how big a mess up it will be in a few years, us missing out on Dele Alli. Looks like it could be a big one…

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