STAND-in captain Cheik Tiote’s pleaded for unity after Newcastle United’s Wear-Tyne derby defeat.
United were yesterday beaten 2-1 by Sunderland on a desperately disappointing afternoon for the Geordies at the Stadium of Light.
Fabio Borini scored in the 85th minute to condemn Alan Pardew’s Newcastle to a second successive derby defeat.
United’s Mathieu Debuchy had cancelled out Steven Fletcher’s early opening goal with a 57th-minute strike,
And the result has heaped pressure on Pardew – the first Newcastle manager to preside over back to back derby losses since in Joe Harvey in 1967 – ahead of games against Manchester City and Chelsea this week.
Tiote – who skippered the team in the absence of the injured Fabricio Coloccini – says the players must quickly draw a line under the loss, which provoked an angry reaction from supporters.
“I’m really disappointed, because we didn’t win,” Tiote told SportMail.
“That’s football. We have to stay as a team, stay compact and try to win the next game.
“I think it’s going to be a tough week for us – it’s two massive matches against Man City and Chelsea.
“But I think if we stay together and do the right things, we have a chance.”
On his captaincy, the 27-year-old added: “As a captain, you need to show an example, so I tried to do that in the right way.”
United were furious at referee Lee Probert’s role in Borini’s goal.
Probert’s assistant flagged for a throw-in, only for the Wiltshire official to award a foul against Tiote.
Sunderland took a quick free-kick, broke upfield and scored.
Tiote felt Newcastle deserved at least a point from the 149th derby.
“I think we deserved more than that, but they scored the winning goal,” said the midfielder.
“Every time we play Sunderland, it’s tough. I think we did the right things, but we conceded a goal we didn’t deserve to concede.
“It wasn’t a foul – I didn’t touch him (Fletcher). He slipped.
“They played quickly, but that’s football.
“It’s finished now, so we have to think about the next game. We have to talk about the next match.”
United face Man City at St James’s Park on Wednesday night, and entertain Chelsea on Saturday in the Premier League.