Four days later we witnessed a superb performance, a team where all eleven players and substitutes did the most professional job imaginable.
Of course Cisse will rightfully get all the headlines, goals like those two don’t come along every week, or indeed every season.
However, to me the player who epitomises Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United and is at the heart of all our really big performances such as last night and home to Manchester United, step forward Cheick Tiote.
Interviewed after the match, Alan Pardew refers to the midfielder as his ‘Warrior’ and I wouldn’t argue with that for a second.
Like the rest of you I was ecstatic after the match but gutted for Tiote that he would clearly not be playing in the final two crucial matches and I bet just like me many of you were gutted for yourselves, as any hopes of fourth had disappeared with him being carried off.
So when I heard the news that he’d been stitched up and the manager reckons he’s be fine for Sunday…it felt just like that magical moment when Cisse struck the second goal into the top corner.
Tiote is a player who many clubs are clearly after, his value to our team and potential is way beyond whatever ‘silly money’ might be offered and I think Alan Pardew 100% shares that view.
This is one player who Alan Pardewe has to have the final say on, if not I think sadly we will have problems just around the corner.
Tiote is a player who can help us to be contenders and not just a one-off at the top table. With Cheick Tiote I think we’ll be going places, without him I’d really worry about how Alan Pardew sees his future at St.James’ Park.
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