CHEIK Tiote has vowed to carry on shooting for Newcastle United – after seeing a wonder goal controversially chalked off.
Tiote left St James’s Park bitterly disappointed yesterday after referee Mike Jones’s game-changing decision in the club’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.
The midfielder thought he had scored what would have been only his second goal in 104 appearances for Newcastle.
But Jones, after consulting linesman Stephen Child, belatedly disallowed the strike.
The officials deemed that Yoan Gouffran, stood in an offside position in the six-yard box, was interfering with play despite not being in goalkeeper Joe Hart’s line of sight.
Jones’s decision enraged United’s fans, and a spirited Newcastle – who were trailing to an early Edin Dzeko goal at the time – went on to create a succession chances, but none would go in.
And Alvaro Negredo scored a second goal for the Premier League leaders in injury time.
“I was really disappointed, as for me it was a great goal,” Tiote said.
“I don’t score too many, so when I scored a goal like this and it is disallowed, it’s hard.
“I think that changed the game. Before the goal, we were starting to play well. We pushed them. Had the goal been given, I think it would have been a different game.
“But that’s football. We need to think about the next game, and take the positives.”
Tiote – who scored a stunning equaliser in Newcastle’s 4-4 home draw against Arsenal in February 2011 – ran to the dugout to celebrate after the ball hit the back of the net.
The 27-year-old tries his luck from distance most games, but his shooting can be wayward.
And the Ivory Coast international revealed he was running to John Carver, as United’s assistant manager often tells him to pass – and not shoot – given his record in front of goal.
“I wanted to celebrate with JC,” said Tiote. “He tells me all the time ‘you never score – you need to pass the ball!’
“I was going to him, but afterwards the referee said it wasn’t a goal.”
Tiote added: “Maybe I will score in the next game. I have wanted to score another goal for a long time.”
Alan Pardew’s eighth-placed side take on West Ham United at Upton Park on Saturday, and Tiote feels the team can drawn confidence from their performance against City, having dominated much of the game.
“I think we played well, but we’re disappointed with the result,” he said.
“We need to take the positives to the next game – that’s what we have to do now.”