Tiote: Newcastle are ready for Sunderland clash

The Ivorian midfielder is determined to gain revenge on the Magpies' North East rivals on Sunday and hopes that the match can spark a run of good form
Cheick Tiote believes Newcastle owe their fans a win in the Wear-Tyne derby on Sunday.

The Ivorian will wear the captain's armband as he hopes to make up for his red card in the corresponding fixture last season.

And while Tiote insists he is not affected by criticism of the team in the media, he admits the supporters deserve some joy to reward their faith.

He told the Chronicle: “I don’t read anything on the internet or TV. It isn’t important for me. We just have to focus in the most important area – on the pitch.
“If we do our jobs we will win games. That is the most important thing.

“Our fans have travelled everywhere. I am always happy when we give them wins. We don’t want to send them home unhappy.

“There is no escape from the criticism if we lose games. It is hard. But we know we have good players in this team. If everybody is focused we will do well.
“The only way we can answer people is by winning. If we lose we have to make sure we don’t repeat the mistakes.
“We have been trying to do that in the last few games. We must stay compact as a team and stay together. If we do we’ll win the game.
“When you’re on the pitch you have to give everything for the fans and the manager.”