Cheick Tiote talks up Newcastle team-spirit
Monday 31 October 2011
Cheick Tiote believes keeping the same team spirit they have shown over the first nine games of the season will be crucial if Newcastle are to continue to fly high in the Barclays Premier League.
The Magpies have been the surprise package of the campaign so far, shrugging off the loss of key players in the transfer window to win five and draw four of their opening nine games, amassing an impressive 19 points.
This evening they will bid to keep their run going when they travel to Staffordshire to take on Stoke. Newcastle have never won at the Britannia Stadium and last season were thumped 4-0 in the corresponding fixture.
Midfielder Tiote knows they have their work cut out if they are to make it back-to-back wins after last weekend's 1-0 victory over Wigan, but he is confident the Magpies can maintain their run if they stick together.
The Ivory Coast international said: "Stoke is a tough game for us and it will be a bit like the Wigan game. We have to do what we did in the Wigan game and keep going even though they will make it tough, and when we get a chance we have to take it.
"We want to be remembered as a team. And if we want to push for the top half of the league we have to stay together as a unit.
"Finishing in the top five or six is only achieved by having a team spirit. We have spoken about in the dressing room and feel we can achieve a good position this season."
Tiote's involvement at Stoke is still doubtful because of the knee injury he picked up against Wigan that forced him to miss the Carling Cup defeat by Blackburn on Wednesday, Newcastle's first loss of the season.
Boss Alan Pardew has named the same side for five successive Premier League matches but, if Tiote does not make it, he has a ready-made replacement in Danny Guthrie, who excelled on a rare start at Ewood Park.
"I don't think Cheik could have done much more than Danny Guthrie on the night, he was brilliant," added Pardew.
"To come into the team without having featured and score a wonder goal too, hats off to him."
Latest in Sport
Mario Balotelli to Liverpool: Best memes as Twitter reacts to imminent £16m transfer
Cardiff City launch ‘fraud’ probe into summer transfer spending
Sami Khedira to Arsenal? Arsene Wenger reveals Gunners are still in the market for defensive midfielder
Mario Balotelli to Liverpool: Risky business to think Balotelli can replace Luis Suarez
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 3 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians