Tiote vows to be on best behaviour ahead of Toon's Europa clash with Bruges
23:12 GMT, 7 November 2012
Newcastle enforcer Cheick Tiote is ready to unleash his pent up frustrations on FC Bruges but has promised to be on his best behaviour.
The Ivory Coast midfielder is still serving a three-match Premier League for his derby day dismissal and is using his team's Europa League adventure for valuable game time.
Tiote returns to the Newcastle side along with captain Fabricio Coloccini, who will starts three-match on Sunday following his sending-off at Liverpool.
He is hoping to play a key role in securing Newcastle's place in the knock-out stages. If they win in Belgium tonight, and Maritimo lose in Bordeaux, Newcastle will have qualified from Group D with two games remaining.
Cheick mate: Tiote will return to the Newcastle team to face Club Brugge
How Newcastle will line up
Elliot; Tavernier, Williamson, S.Taylor, Ferguson; Tiote, Bigiramana, Anita; Obertan, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi.
Central midfielder Tiote was out of
sorts for the first meeting between these sides a fortnight ago, when,
he confessed, he was still overcoming the red card at the Stadium of
Light which turned the derby in Sunderland's favour.
Tiote, has been booked 30 times in 60
games and it was his second dismissal but he has admitted he cannot
promise to change the way he plays.
'I didn't need the manager to talk to
me about my disciplinary record,' he said. 'I know that I have picked
up too many yellow cards and that I have to be careful but it is my
style and I cannot change.
'I need to be a lot more careful over
some of the bookings that I pick up but I will not change my style of
play. It will get better – it will get better.
'I have to forget about the sending
off in the derby but that is difficult. Of course it hurt but it's over
and I have to concentrate on how I can help the team moving forward. Now
we have to qualify and I think we can reach the final of this
Newcastle boss Pardew is hoping to
reap the benefit of the two domestic suspensions when Newcastle face
managerless Brugge in the Jan Breydel Stadium.
Coloccini and Tiote are driving
forces in the Newcastle side which is looking to replicate last season's
European finish and they will be sorely missed in the Premier League.
Early bath: Coloccini will serve a three-match ban after he was sent off
But Pardew admitted: 'Cheick looked
really bright this morning. It's a Godsend for him to miss those league
games, but have these to focus on, and you could see a difference.
'He was the best player in training
today and the extra rest from not playing at the weekend, that will be a
bonus for us. Now Colo comes into that category, so that's been a kind
of welcome bonus.'
A win in Belgium, and defeat for
Maritimo in France will put Newcastle into the next stage of the
competition but Pardew is predicting a difficult night for his team.
FC Bruges have not won in six, and
sacked their coach George Leekens at the weekend, and also have their
eyes on a weekend fixture with champions Anderlecht. Reserve team
manager Georges Clement is likely to be in charge for both games,
although Brugge have been in talks with former Villarreal coach Juan
Pardew said: 'I am sad to see the manager go because I really admired him. He has been a fantastic manager.
'It's a two-edged sword. Their
players will be highly-motivated to prove to the stand-in manager and
the manager who may be coming in – who may be in the stands tomorrow,
you never know with these type of things, and players who are certainly
aware of that will have a renewed energy.
'But the tactical brain not being on the sideline, hopefully might be advantage because Leekens is a tremendous manager.
'We felt the power of Bruges when
they came to our place – they are a good side – and he gave us some
problems, so I am sad to see him go and in some ways, I am glad he is
not on the bench.
'We feel we are in a good space. We have had a good couple of weeks and the group is looking forward to another good game.
'It's about growing as a club. The
more games we can play, the more we are going to grow. European games
are a little bit different and we seem to have taken to it ok. We look
forward to progressing and gaining experience. We are entering it with a
smile and trying to take that into every game.
'I would be surprised if we secured
qualification tomorrow. Winning here is a tough game for us. We will
enter it to win it, but I think it will be tough. It would certainly be
welcome because we have got some tough games coming up.
'Every game is massive for the
younger players, they have to grab it, and there are one or two tomorrow
who will get an opportunity who haven't shone this year, and they need
to because there is real competition for the bench now.
'I look round at that bench and in
all honesty, there's not a lot of difference between the bench and the
team that's starting, so it's a great position for me.'