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I’m Not Sure If He Was Surprised – But He Was Pleased

Cheick Tiote is getting back to his very best and he has played very well in Newcastle’s last two games at Cardiff City and at home to Liverpool, and when he led the side out at St. James’ par on Saturday, after being the surprise choice as stand-in skipper for the injured Coloccini, you could tell he was just as proud as punch.

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Cheick Tiote – proud as punch to be captain

Alan Pardew has talked about when he told Cheick Tiote he would be captain against Liverpool, after Colo had picked up a groin strain while on International duty with Argentina:

“I am not sure if he was surprised but I could tell he was pleased.

“Some players can grow with the captaincy and he did and he will certainly carry it now as we go forward without Coloccini.

“I know he got the armband and perhaps there was a bit of a story around him, but I thought he was brilliant at Cardiff City as well, so he has shown signs this year of rediscovering his best form. Today was not a one-off.”

Certainly it makes a huge difference that Cheick is getting back to his best form, and not only that, but in the last two league games he has not only been outstanding for Newcastle, but he also didn’t receive one yellow card.

So maybe Cheick is finally learning some control on the field, and certainly if the Ivorian can keep up the excellent form he has shown in the last couple of games,  he will be a huge boon to Newcastle this season.

Hopefully he can lead Newcastle to a win at Sunderland on Sunday – that’s all that matters at the moment.

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30 comments so far

  • kt97toonarmy

    Oct 22, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1
  • croftus5678

    Oct 22, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #2

    yep from all my calling of him over last season saying that it was a one off and he would never get it back ! i’m very glad to admit that i was wrong as the lad controlled that pitch and was not only good at breaking up but actually had a great simple game going forward and hardly passed back at all.

    hopefully all our lads can carry that onto the next few games and we may get some results.

    imo willo deserves to keep place again as they pretty much all do but i’m thinking cisse or shola (shivers) to replace arfa.

  • kt97toonarmy

    Oct 22, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Croftus i reckon benni should be the impact player again depending on the game.

  • croftus5678

    Oct 22, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #4

    @3 kt

    yep i agree

    he’s perfect to run lesser quality players ragged on the wing but in bigger games he doesnt have it to be consistant as a starter and like you say impact sub would imo be a great solution for when they lose that yard of pace.

  • Ciaran

    Oct 22, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #5

    Cyprus from like 7 threads ago,

    Well police figures were between 800-1000, disappointing that the journal and Chronicle decided to go with 200. Either way, the process has begun. Does that mean that if we sign two players in January Time4Change get the credit (so long as they don’t get blamed if we don’t sign any! haha)

  • Ciaran

    Oct 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #6

    When I stated that HBA wasn’t world class after his performance against Villa I was roundly slated by many. Now he’s put in a few lacklustre performances, it is now OK to claim he’s good but not great.

    Would love to see a bit of consistency but it’s not a run of games he needs, he’s simply a player who cannot step up and become one of the best in the league because he doesn’t have the bottle.

    Very classy player, don’t get me wrong. With a ball at his feet he is a magician, but compare the work rate of someone like Suarez, or Mata with Ben Arfa and you will see why HBA will never be in the same stratosphere as these players. I’m not saying tracking back, I mean sheer endeavour. HBA does not, never has, and never will have that tenacity required to be a top top player, which is a shame.

  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 22, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #7


    i havent seen you make any posts about the match did you watch it or are you too busy with your marches to bother with footy which is what nufc is all about really maybe you would be better off starting a time4change website you might attract more followers

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Oct 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #8

    Any 1 else hates SAS terminology? Good players sure but………..

  • Mint

    Oct 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #9

    Kudos to pards – he is bringing the best of Tiote back.

    I always liked Tiote – even when i hated the sight of him on the pitch giving away free kicks on the edge of the box. Knew he would come good. 😀

  • UpAndHatem

    Oct 22, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Lilongwe Geordie

    from an earlier thread this morning….

    “So far this season, Newcastle are the only North East team in the top 5 divisions not to replace their manager. Hartlepool, Gateshead, Boro, Sunderland all have now. Would have to check on Blyth and Darlo to go further down the leagues”

    Add Carlisle United. Greg Abbot was sacked last month. The third longest-serving manager in English football, having been appointed in December 2008!

  • Ciaran

    Oct 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #11


    Time4Change is a NUFC fan’s group. This is a NUFC fans blog. The march is broadly relevant to the wider topic of NUFC and I will discuss it if I so choose. Kindly refrain from telling myself, or others, what they can and cannot comment about. Freedom of expression and all that jazz.

  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 22, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #12


    you keep banging on about how many turned up for the march your starting to look a bit ocd just thought id point that out you dont want to embarrass yourself do you

  • Ciaran

    Oct 22, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #13


    Your concerns are noted, and unfounded. I can look after myself. Good to know I’ve someone to keep me in check if I ever look like I’m embarrassing myself but in case it hasn’t already been made abundantly clear, I really couldn’t give a toss how I am perceived on an internet forum.

  • Mint

    Oct 22, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #14


    I don’t think it’s possible to be embarrassed on this blog – take it easy yeah?

    Now lets think how well Tiote will platy against Sunderland as captain. Think he will make forward runs again?

  • martoon

    Oct 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #15

    I’m starting to wonder whether the problem with Tiote last season was a lot of off field distractions. He had the driving offences and pending court cases to deal with – I still never really understood that: with his money you would think you could pay people to sort out your license and insurance etc. Hopefully this season he has put the problems behind him.

  • DokToon

    Oct 22, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #16

    gmorning all…

    did they change the derby to sunday??? one sched here has it on saturday, foxsoccer has it sunday… please god, let it be on sunday!!! little help please for the lone magpie across the pond please 🙂

  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 22, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #17


    Yeh the SAS (Suarez and Sturbridge) thing was ok as a one off, now they all say it, it gets very annoying.

    It’s no match for our BAG (Ben arfa And Gouffran) – pushing to too far?

    Our CAT (Cabaye And Tiote)

    This could go on a while.

  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #18


    re mr t
    fingers crossed being captain looks to have made him more responsible we dont want a repeat of last season if we are professional the mackems are likely to implode

  • magpie6699

    Oct 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #20

    Do people think SAS is original? The phrase was used some time ago about Shearer and Sutton for Blackburn Rovers when they won the title.

  • Mint

    Oct 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Re: SAS
    I just dont like that racist flesh biting player associated with the British armed Forces

  • G

    Oct 22, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #22

    @21, Snap. If they haven’t earned the badge, they certainly haven’t earned the title either.

  • Mint

    Oct 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #23

    I just looked at the SMB for the first time to see how their plight affects them – they are are a bunch of animals! im sure we didn’t kick off as bad as they are now


  • martoon

    Oct 22, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #24

    Mint @23 – You shouldn’t take pleasure from other people’s misfortunes but some the comments are classic:-

  • geordielad880

    Oct 22, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #25

    side to play the mackems:-



    ———————ben arfa

  • geordielad880

    Oct 22, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #26

    never rated s.taylor, i know he is a local lad, but he is a liablity, has possibly the worst position sense i have ever seen in a CB, cost us so many goals, williamson might not been pleasing on the eye, but he at least knows how to defend, and just keeps it simple, and is a different class to taylor, when we finished 5th willo and collo, played most of the games together, only difference to that defence is we have debuchy instead of simpson now

  • Yohan Kebab

    Oct 22, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #27

    would love nothing more than us to fully batter the mackems

  • Yohan Kebab

    Oct 22, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #28

    people tend to forget willo was a vital part of our defense in our season we finished 5th

    ages ago i crunched the numbers from a whole season and statistically we had less goals per game conceded with willo than colo or taylor, incidentally it also showed that we conceded many less goals with james perch playing midfield in the team…

  • Goodfella

    Oct 22, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #29

    Off topic but just found this on gumtree lol 🙂

  • mkhalaf

    Oct 22, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #30

    Time4change needs to stop!! more destructive than productive,, I personally like MA and don’t disagree with a lot of the things he does, ppl just like to find things to whine about!!


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