Tiote asks for strength ahead of tough week

Cheick Tiote Newcastle midfielder

Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has called for his teammates to show strength ahead of their Capital One Cup tie against Manchester City.

The Toon were beaten 2-1 by local rivals Sunderland on Sunday, but have no time to lick their wounds as they face title contenders City in the cup on Wednesday night.

But Tiote, 27, believes the club can handle their tough fixtures, as long as they overcome their derby pain and stay together as a team: “I think it’s going to be a tough week for us – it’s two massive games against Man City and Chelsea. But I think if we stay together and do the right things, we have a chance,” Tiote told Sky Sports.

“I’m really disappointed because we didn’t win at Sunderland. I think we deserved more than that, but they scored the winning goal. As a captain, you need to show an example, so I tried to do that in the right way. That’s important. I’m really disappointed, because we didn’t win. That’s football. We have to stay as a team, stay compact and try to win the next game.”

Newcastle have only won 3 matches in the Premier League so far, and could kick start their season with a cup win over City. After beating Leeds United in the third round, victory against the Sky Blues will put the Toon in the draw for Round 5 of the competition for the first time since the 2006-07 season.