Alan Pardew will welcome former club Southampton to Newcastle on Saturday reflecting on manager vulnerability
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Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has narrowly avoided jail after he admitted possessing a fake driving licence.
The 27-year-old was handed a seven-month suspended sentence after he admitted buying a fake Belgian licence for 15,000 euros (£12,800).
Cheick Tiote has challenged Newcastle to make Man City and Chelsea pay for their derby defeat at Sunderland.
City head for St James' Park in the League Cup fourth round on Wednesday evening before Chelsea follow them in the Premier League on Saturday in a tough double-header for Alan Pardew's men.
However, Tiote, who has captained the team in the last two games with Fabricio Coloccini injured, has urged his team-mates to show their mettle once again and bounce back from Sunday's 2-1 reverse at the Stadium of Light.
"It's going to be also a tough game, but we need to be ready for that because it's not going to be and easy game.
"After that, we have got Chelsea at home, so they are two big, tough games for us, but that's football.
"We are Newcastle, so we need to do everything right and try to win the next game."
Despite one of his colleagues being punched by a Newcastle fan after last season's Tyne-Wear derby, this Police horse wasn't intimidated by the Toon army at Sunderland yesterday.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet urged his players to use their derby victory over Newcastle as a platform from which to launch a drive for Premier League safety.
– Sunderland manager Gus Poyet
Look, I didn't like to see the table. When you are bottom, it's not nice. We are off the bottom - that's something; we beat the biggest rivals - that's even bigger.
Now we need to keep going. We need to start passing the ball better, we need to keep believing and we need to do different things.
This is what we needed so, from now on, there are no excuses because we needed a lift and there is no better lift than this one, so I am very happy for the players and absolutely delighted for the fans.
Tyne-Wear derby winner Fabio Borini has praised the impact of new manager Gus Poyet after Sunday's 2-1 victory over Newcastle.
– Sunderland forward Fabio Borini
Lots of the work we've done is because of him.
He came in and gave us the enjoyment we needed and obviously the football. So now it'll take a little bit of time to improve again, but that's a great first step.
We gave it everything today, it was obviously a special game, but we need to show that every game is as special to us as this game.
We won this game and hopefully we'll get a few wins now.
If we play like we played today with a little bit more calm on the ball we can really improve our game.