Don’t Shoot The Messenger
A lot of frustration, emotion and anger after Saturday’s final whistle and Captain Cheick Tiote took a lot of flak.
As stand-in captain, the Ivory Coast midfielder had the bottle to at least come out and apologise to the fans but of course nothing was going to appease the supporters after what took place over the 90 minutes.
“All I can say to them is sorry for this defeat because we cannot accept that.
“It is two seasons now that we have been beaten by Sunderland at home and this is the worst worst thing in my career, so I just want to say sorry to them.
“That is football and we need to focus on that next game (Chelsea away) now.”
A no win situation because if Tiote hadn’t faced the press then he would have been accused of hiding.
Of course in actual fact, Cheick was one of the few who as always you could never fault for effort and he did his best with little help from the likes of Anita alongside him.
In partnership with Cabaye, Tiote was half of one of the best central midfield partnerships in the Premier League when they were both firing, what on earth he is thinking of this latest shambolic period in his time at the club is anybody’s guess.
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