Newcastle United midfielder Cheikh Tiote has admitted that he must be more careful with his tackling ahead of the visit of Premier League champions Manchester City to St James' Park.
The Ivory Coast international has collected seven yellow cards and one red card in 14 appearances in all competitions this season, and has acknowledged that his disciplinary record must improve.
Tiote revealed that Magpies manager Alan Pardew has instructed him only to go into tackles if he is 100 per cent sure he can win the challenge.
"We have so many important games coming up that I have to be a lot more careful," Tiote told reporters. "I have to play with more control.
"I try and play the same every week but sometimes when I am ready to go for the ball I have to be certain because if I am not 100% I will get booked.
"The manager has told me if I am not 100%, not to tackle. He's told me we have to try and keep all our players on the pitch. We need 11 v 11 if we are going to win.
"It's definitely easier for me to get booked because the refs know now what my style is like. They know I play hard so they watch me more than most. For me that makes it difficult."
Newcastle will go into the match against City without Tiote's midfield partner Yohan Cabaye, and the 26-year-old bemoaned the injury problems that have affected the club's form this season.
After finishing in fifth place in 2011-12, Pardew's team lie in 14th place this term and are only two points clear of the relegation zone.
"It's a good game for us and very important as we have lost too many games in the last few weeks," Tiote continued. "If we win on Saturday against the champions it will be great for our confidence.
"It’s been much more difficult for me but that’s the way it goes sometimes. Sometimes it's harder to play every week with injuries and suspensions.
"It has been bad for myself and the team. We started the season well with the win over Spurs but there have been far to many players out as well as losing far too many games."