Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has apologised to the club’s fans after suffering the worst day of his career in the 3-0 loss to Sunderland.
Saturday’s 3-0 derby defeat at St James’ Park, the second in succession the Magpies have suffered at the hands of their arch-rivals, left the Ivory Coast star rock bottom.
Alan Pardew’s men now face the task of attempting to bounce back at Stamford Bridge at the weekend as they look to complete an unlikely double over Chelsea - and even that would go only some of the way towards salving Tiote’s pain.
The 27-year-old said: “All I can say to them (the fans) is sorry for this defeat again because we cannot accept that.
“It’s two seasons now we have been beaten by Sunderland at home and this is the worst, worst thing in my career, so I just want to say sorry to them. That’s football, we need to focus on the next game now.”
As for that Chelsea match, Tiote added: “We have good players in the squad, so if we do the right things we have a chance to win.
“It’s going to be tough because Chelsea are a good, good, good, good team, but if we do the right things we have a chance to win.”