Tiote apologises to Newcastle fans
By Mark Smith
Newcastle United hardman, Cheick Tiote, has apologised to the club's fans after yesterdays humiliating loss in the Tyne-Wear derby.
The Magpies suffered a second consecutive 3-0 defeat at home to bitter rival Sunderland, coming off the back of the departure of Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint Germain.
During the game, the fans vented their frustration at the players and manager Alan Pardew. One fan even ran onto the pitch and attempted to throw his ticket at the United boss.
Tiote, who is stand-in captain whilts Fabricio Collocini recovery from an injury, sympathised with the Magpies faithful.
"All I can say to them is sorry for this defeat again because we cannt accept that," the Ivorian told BT Sport. "It's two seasons now 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 for them.
"That's football, we need to focus on the next game now."
Newcastle's next fixture is a trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea, who are coming off a win over Manchester City, on Saturday afternoon.
They could make the trip to West London without Senegalese striker Pappis Cisse, who is expected to the subject of a £10 million bid from Russian club Rubin Kazan.
Cisse is out of favour at the club after some under par performances and the Russian side are prepared to take advantage of his situation on Tyneside, with their transfer window remaining open for another three weeks.