Cheick Tiote optimistic as Newcastle move out of relegation zone
Cheick Tiote has enjoyed a recent run in the first team (Image:

Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote felt that the Magpies should have came away from the Stadium of Light with a positive result last month, but is now satisfied with their fortunate victory over Bournemouth in a tough fixture away from home on Saturday.

Tiote himself feels that things are starting to look better for the Toon Army, with recent performances - as well as results, gradually starting to improve.

Newcastle out of the drop zone with stroke of luck 

Steve McClaren's men are now out of the relegation zone after their slender victory at the weekend, and face the high-flying Leicester City at St James' Park in two weeks' time.

Tiote is once again enjoying life on Tyneside after making a return to the starting XI, and he thinks that now is the time to focus.

Result an important one for the team to savour

Tiote said the fact they're now out of the relegation zone is generally "very good for the team", but they must "focus" on their next two matches after the international break has concluded. The Ivorian midfielder also admitted the fact that it is "not going to be easy", but said the team "need to be ready" in a bid to do "everything" to come away with all three points in their Premier League fixtures.

Third-choice goalkeeper Rob Elliot was an integral part of their 1-0 victory over Eddie Howe's men, as he was excellent in-between the posts and kept a hard-fought clean sheet. 

Recalling their win, Tiote said it was "a day when we had some luck - that's football." 

"When you look at the games against Sunderland and Stoke, we did everything well to win but we didn't score. It wasn't the best game, but the most important thing was the three points." 

And on who was instrumental during their win, there was only one man Tiote had in mind. "We need to thank Rob Elliot, he's a very good goalkeeper and we are happy for him also."