Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has told his team-mates to keep the faith after a demoralising defeat at Stoke.

The Magpies came within nine minutes of ending their wait for a Barclays Premier League victory and five of avoiding a fourth successive top-flight defeat for the first time since 2008 at Stoke on Wednesday night. However, Papiss Cisse's 47th-minute opener ultimately counted for nothing as Jon Walters and substitute Cameron Jerome struck at the death.

But Tiote told the club's official website, www.nufc.co.uk: "This was so difficult for the team to take. We played well and were the better team on the pitch. We tried to pass the ball well and scored the first goal, but after that we were unlucky because it was two sloppy goals that cost us the game."

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