NUFC ace Tiote hopes to ease striker goal burden

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CHEIK Tiote’s looking to bring more goals to Newcastle – after admitting United need to ease the burden on the club’s strikers.

Tiote and his team-mates go into Saturday’s game at Blackpool looking to make certain of their Premier League status.

Newcastle reached the 40-point mark on Tuesday night, when they held Manchester United to a goalless draw at St James’s Park.

However, manager Alan Pardew believes they need one more point to guarantee another season of top-flight football.

“We need to play well and take more points to be safe – it’s not finished,” Tiote told the Gazette.

“They are fighting against relegation, so it won’t be an easy game. We have to think about the next game now.

“It was a very good result against Manchester United, and everybody is happy and looking forward to the next game.

“Everyone wants to play against the big teams. You never know what can happen if you work hard on the pitch. We’re happy with the draw.

“We’re confident. We tried to win the game, because we were at home. Whether it’s Manchester United or Chelsea, we try to win, but it’s not easy. They have a lot of good players.”

Tiote’s only goal for United to date was his sensational left-footed equaliser against Arsenal in February’s 4-4 draw at St James’s Park.

And the midfielder – who admitted Newcastle lacked a finishing touch against Man United – is looking for more opportunities to score in the last five games of the season, starting at Bloomfield Road.

“We had a lot of possibilities to score,” added the 24-year-old. “I tried to shoot, and it was not good! Maybe in the next game!”

Tiote had missed the previous two fixtures through suspension, having picked up his 10th booking of the season in United’s defeat at Stoke City.

The Ivory Coast international went on. “I was not happy to miss two games. Now I’m back, I do my job for the team and the fans.

“It’s a long time – you can’t anything. If you miss two games, you have to wait.

“You have to be ready. I think I did my job against Manchester United, and now I am thinking about the next game.”