NEWCASTLE United’s Cheik Tiote’s still “hurting” after his Wear-Tyne derby dismissal, according to manager Alan Pardew.
Tiote was in the side which beat Club Brugge 1-0 last night in a Europa League group game.
The 26-year-old, sent off for a late tackle on Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher on Sunday, was handed a start in the competition by Pardew ahead of a three-match Premier League suspension.
However, the midfielder was careless in possession in the first half, and Maxime Lestienne was given a clear sight of goal after latching on to one misplaced pass.
And Pardew felt the derby was still preying on his mind.
“I have no doubt in my mind, knowing Cheik, that he was affected by the sending-off,” said Pardew.
“You could see there was a lack of focus in his game, and probably because it was so soon after Sunday’s game, I can emotionally understand that.
“He is hurt that he got sent off, trust me. No one was more hurt on Sunday than Cheik.”
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