Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Get Tiote out from under Feet of United Defenders

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Get Tiote out from under Feet of United Defenders

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Byline: SUPERMAC SHOOTING FROM THE LIP

THE debris from the fall-out at Manchester City is still causing grave concern with Newcastle United fans.

No one expected United to win, but it was the manner of the defeat that scared the living daylights out of us all.

Things have got to be put right and quickly - against West Ham at St James' Park this afternoon is the deadline.

What must happen after such a shambles? For a start Newcastle must get Cheick Tiote up the park because him playing deep is affecting the whole team.

Four times during the second half in Manchester I watched Tiote come running out of his own penalty area with the ball at his feet. Why? It was suicidal.

When Tiote takes up that position he forces the back four on to poor Tim Krul's toes which invites mayhem. But what it also does is leave a gap between the defenders and the middle three. That, in turn, has Papiss Cisse isolated up top as the midfield goes the wrong way. How often have we seen that? The whole of the team is affected by Tiote's positioning and it has to stop.

If someone is to come out of the back with the ball at his feet it has to be Fabricio Coloccini, who is comfortable that way. It needs to be Colo the same as it is Rio Ferdinand at Manchester United.

So Pardew has to warn Tiote not to drop deeper and deeper. Then he has to scrap the 4-2-3-1 formation which I also believe adversely affects the team.

United's manager must go 4-4-2 to get the best out of the players he has.

What we witnessed on the opening day was complete indiscipline. Let me give you Steven Taylor and Mathieu Debuchy as perfect examples.

Taylor was unfortunate when the ball popped up off him for City's first goal, but he ran alongside the scorer on the second without getting in a tackle or a block on the eventual cross-shot. …

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