Tiote was excellent on Saturday.

Excellent performance on Saturday.
Excellent performance on Saturday.
Cheick Tiote was given the task of skippering the team on Saturday in the absence of usual Captain Fabricio Colocinni

Colo suffered a groin injury whilst away on International duty which forced him out of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool. This gave Alan Pardew the job of selecting a stand in Captain for the fixture, Yohan Cabaye was last seasons Vice Captain and did wear the armband on a number of occasions. But given Cabaye’s behavior during the last transfer window, it wouldn’t of been a great idea to ask Yohan to lead the lads out.

Instead Pardew opted for a player that took a few of us by surprise. Cheick Tiote Captained the side for the first time and I must say I think it was Tiote’s best performance for some time. The Ivorian midfielder has been criticized by many United fans who feel that his performances have dropped in the last year or so. Additionally Tiote has a well documented ill disciplined side to his game, usually resulting in the player collecting yellow cards.

Seemingly Cheick took the responsibility of Captain very seriously and led by example in difficult circumstances at the weekend. With Newcastle having to play over half the game with ten men we needed to play with endurance, discipline and courage. Especially with the caliber of opponent, like or dislike Liverpool there is no denying that they have been in great form this season and are in possession of one of the most feared front lines in the league.

Naturally the focus on Saturday was on Steven Gerrard, with the England Captain reaching his 100 goal milestone. Other than his penalty I don’t think Gerrard was overly special in the game, I think the tabloids and the pundits were a little OTT in their analysis of a player that is deemed as a bit of a national treasure. I felt one or two Newcastle performances were overlooked,Captain Tiote being one of them. I also feel Debuchy was outstanding and deserves and honorable mention.



Cheick led the team very well and the tough tackling midfielder revealed he only found out on Friday that he was stand in Captain for the match. Tiote told nufc.co.uk:

“The manager told me on Friday before training that I would be captain,” said Tiote.
“I just said ‘okay, I will take it’. I wasn’t expecting it so it came as a surprise.
“Maybe he chose me to be captain because I have good experience, I don’t know. But I am happy and hope I can continue to do it.
“I always do my best on the pitch and always try to help my teammates. It doesn’t matter whether I am captain or not but this made me very proud.
“When you are captain you have to push your teammates to believe in themselves and show them a good example.
“I think I am in the right position now. I have stopped taking red cards and yellow cards and that is good for me and the team.”

The player was obviously very humbled to get the vote of confidence from Pardew. Notice in his comments Tiote also mentioned he has consciously rectified the amount of cards he was collecting. Being a defensive midfielder he is required to be a tough tackler at times, but it’s a good sign that the player himself realizes that he has picked up way too many bookings during his Newcastle career.

It has now been confirmed that Colo will again be missing this weekend when we venture into enemy territory to the land where siblings get married to each other. In a game WE MUST NOT LOSE it looks as if Tiote may be required to wear the armband again in Colo’s absence. If he plays like he did on Saturday I will be more than happy. More of the same please Mr T.

How is everyone feeling ahead of Sunday? .

About MarkToon

I'm Mark, I live in a little town called Rugby. I go back a long way with Toonsy, we have traveled the country together watching the lads. I eat, breath and sleep Newcastle United! Follow me on [email protected] MRStockers or add me on Facebook- Mark Stockley.

30 thoughts on “Tiote was excellent on Saturday.

  1. Lead by example in my view, and for me seemed to get to get the rest of the lads up for the game πŸ˜€

      (Quote)

  2. Mark good read and I agree Tiote was good, nearly back to the Tiote that we had before last season with out the red mist.
    But I was surprised he had the Armband, yeah I understand about the messing about at the start of the season, but to me that wasnt as bad as the Colo fiasco when he tried to force a free transfer through and he got the armband back straight away 😯 .

    I do think the armband has maybe helped him on saturday so I hope it continues

      (Quote)

  3. Great read Mark and if not only Mr T but the whole team put a shift in like they did on Saturday then we will put the scum to the sword .

      (Quote)

  4. Agreed Mark, Tiote had two clear mistakes (or one, if he was genuinely injured for their goal) but otherwise he was good. There were quite a few fans distressed to see Anita getting the chop for him but I think it was the right choice, I really like Anita but for me there’s no question that if Tiote is at his best he offers a lot more. Cabaye has buckled down and actually started trying again and he is proving to be the quality player he can be and was in his first season.

    I also think it was the right shout to give him the armband and I’m not sure why it was so surprising. He is a player that is clearly very passionate about Newcastle and is one of our most senior players now. Even when he has bad games he still usually puts in a shift so think if he stays calm he could be a very good leader. I’d still like someone with a little more nous ala Nolan but don’t think we’ll be seeing that any time soon.

      (Quote)

  5. Newkie, Tiote put in a superhuman effort at the weekend, despite jetting halfway across the world to play for the Ivory Coast. He didn’t need to use the World Cup game as an excuse for being tired either, not like the commentators defending poor old Gerrard and Sturridge as being tired after their England exploits. What a disgrace. Hopefully Tiote has turned the corner and we have the old Tiote back, cos let’s be honest, when he’s on his game he’s immense !

      (Quote)

  6. good thread Mark been on hols so just caught up with your last thread too,i watched the game on tv,and imo that first half was the best ive seen from the toon for a good while and it was like the old tiote back and the team on the front foot for a change,maybe the Mr T name the fans gave him went to his head for a while,long may he play like the tiote of old

      (Quote)

  7. Ice nice to have you back mate we were struggling for some decent Footie craic πŸ˜‰
    Your right about Tiote and I know some say MM is always wrong but regards Tiote he is spot on πŸ˜‰

      (Quote)

  8. If you think Cabaye scored the goal of the weekend, you NEED to see Fulham’s goal. I do not exaggerate, it is not far off Van Basten’s volley.

    Good grief.

      (Quote)

  9. DAVE i see i had a few knifes in the back while i was away :shock:,think cabaye played well too but to me he was carrying a little niggle which looked a little worse in 2nd half but imo he played through it,maybe the groin not back 100% yet

      (Quote)

  10. Ice I tried watching your back but Aussie is often on when im not about πŸ˜‰
    Yeah Cabaye seems like he has started to knuckle down and produce the goods again, yeah he did seem to be a wee bit of the pace.
    I thought Remy looked as if he was struggling with a niggle a couple of times

      (Quote)

  11. It chokes me a tad to admit, but it was good man management from Pardew, if I’m honest.
    Giving MrT the added responsibility clearly brought the best out of him once again.
    I thought he must have been on Ba’s syrup, he was that good at times.
    I really think he did the armband justice and I hope he wears it again on sunday.

      (Quote)

  12. I like Colo a lot, but I’m not convinced he is a great skipper.
    I cant speak about what goes on behind the scenes, but on the pitch, he is not vocal enough for me.
    I thought Willo did a good job of marshalling the back line on Saturday too.

      (Quote)

  13. Welcome back ice mate. πŸ˜€ How was the sun? We’ve both been accused of being old gaffers while you were away. Ask Big Dave about it. He knows something. Palace getting destroyed by Fulham 4-1. They look terrible at both ends of the pitch.

      (Quote)

  14. fuck me – first Fulham goal was a wonder strike!
    Looks like only 1 relegation spot remaining with SMBs and Palace taking bottom two spots

      (Quote)

  15. Kasami world class goal. He probably won’t do anything like that again in his career but it made a huge difference to the game. I see Mowbray is gone from Borough.

      (Quote)

  16. G2 hi mate,aye dont worry about big dave,i remember having to sit outside the strawberry i was to young to go in while dave and i think kim was there too getting drunk,but at least he put me on his shoulders to see the game, πŸ˜‰ by the way on the last thread you missed out a great player from the past Tony Green what a player pity a injury cut short his time with the toon never got to see him at his best,off for a early night catch up t/morrow mate

      (Quote)

  17. Good article Mark ,yes Tiote was brilliant on Saturday, if that’s what getting the armband does to him then all power to him and long may it continue . πŸ˜€

      (Quote)

  18. Sometimes I think it’s not a bad idea to give the armband to a combative player like Tiote because they talk to the referee from the kick-off and look that bit more responsible. He might pick up one or two less bookings as captain. And of course he puts in a lot of work and doesn’t pity no fools. πŸ˜‰

      (Quote)

  19. Sorry for the late reply (last thread)
    Richie
    Cheers mate I hope I can get a ticket otherwise I’ll just be shopping with the girls πŸ˜• , we’re going out a night but would rather I’d go to a match while I’m down there.
    Newkie
    Aye its the wilderness even by Scotland’s standards πŸ˜‰
    Aussie
    I sincerely hope the general tickets aren’t sold out cus I didn’t even think you could buy them yet. πŸ™

      (Quote)

  20. So now we learn the truth about Big Dave ice. I suspected he was older than he let on. πŸ˜‰ Kimtoon’s just a young lass though so it couldn’t have been her. Perhaps her granny? Big Dave shame on you! πŸ˜† Yes I’ll catch up with you tomorrow ice. And I was tempted to put Tony Green in there mate.

      (Quote)

  21. I’m too much of a gentleman to comment on that Kimtoon but I’ve heard you are very attractive. No wonder Big Dave was chatting up your granny. πŸ˜‰

      (Quote)

  22. Said during the game he was my MOTM. The lad was brilliant and a true captain. Keep a sensible head on and turn in a similar performance against the scum now please toots.

      (Quote)

  23. yep, i have to hold my hands up fair and square and say i expected nothing short of a total drubbinb by the dippers… i think i went for 1-4 in the end. Lets hope that it is followed up with a win this weekend. No point in getting points against the top teams and dropping against rock bottom.

    Something else which i read is interesting, we have gone from long ball team of the league to the one with the most passes per goal now, anyone else read that? last season we were worst for long ball and this season so far we are passing way more. That has to be good news.

      (Quote)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green