Tiote not giving up on Newcastle United’s European hopes

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CHEIK Tiote is adamant there’s life in Newcastle United’s season yet.

The club ended a three-game losing streak on Sunday thanks to a late goal from Loic Remy, whose injury-time streak gave Newcastle a 1-0 win over Aston Villa.

And the hard-fought victory lifted the Magpies back into eighth place in the Premier League.

The club’s once-promising season started unravelling last month. But Tiote, who returned from injury against Villa, feels Alan Pardew’s can still climb the table.

The team finishing sixth this season will qualify for next season’s Europa League – if Manchester City beat Sunderland in Sunday’s Capital One Cup final.

Newcastle are five points off sixth-placed Manchester United, and Tiote is refusing to accept mid-table mediocrity.

“Every game is important,” said Tiote.

“We are in a good position, but if we win each game, we have a chance to finish in a better position.

“It’s going to be hard, but we need to believe and try to win every game. We have to try to do that.

“We’ve got more confidence now. We hadn’t won for a few games. We didn’t play as a team and we conceded too many goals. We take to the next game.”

United manager Pardew conceded his team was found wanting “technically” against Villa.

But he felt the players’ effort and commitment couldn’t be faulted at St James’s Park, where Newcastle had been beaten on their previous five outings.

Remy, back from a three-game suspension, kept his cool to score a dramatic winner. For Tiote, the result was all-important given the club’s dismal run of form.

“Every win in the Premier League is hard,” said Tiote, who Pardew admitted wasn’t match-fit. “It was hard, but the most important thing was that we won the game.

“This win is massive for us. Loic scored when we needed him to score. He had a chance before that, but we still believed he would scored because of his quality.

“We were pushing, and in the end he scored the goal we wanted.”