Pardew rant sparked Toon comeback, says Tiote
Published 23:00 06/02/11 By Simon Bird
Cheik Tiote says objects were thrown around in the dressing room during a half-time bust-up that inspired Newcastle’s fightback.
Toon boss Alan Pardew went ballistic, according to the scorer of their fourth goal. Tiote believes his volley, which levelled the game at 4-4, was “the greatest goal I have ever scored in my career. Unbelievable. Incredible.
And it was hit with his “wrong” foot. But the Ivory Coast international, one of the season’s bargain signings, said: “At half-time it was a very angry dressing room. The manager was furious, shouting. He said this is not Newcastle United.
“He said it was up to us to put it right, to give something back to the fans. We had to give them something, they spend a lot of money and time on supporting the team and we had let them down. He was very annoyed.
“There were things thrown in there and we had let ourselves down. It was not a normal performance. He told us to wake up.
“If I’m honest I don’t think any of us thought we would have been able to get back into the game. Losing 4-0, it was dreadful. Against a team as good as Arsenal it is almost impossible to come back from that.
“But when we scored the first goal we could see the doubts start to creep in and they had had a man sent off. They got nervous. We started to believe we had a possibility. The fans were amazing.
“The goal? Wow. I don’t know why I hit it! I don’t normally score goals like that. I am even right footed and I hit it with my left.
“It was my wrong foot and I had not tried anything like that before. Sometimes in football you have to try something different.
“It’s been a difficult week for the club with Andy going and it’s nice to end it on a positive.”