By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
A disappointed Cheick Tiote vowed that Newcastle would be ready for the Tyne-Wear derby in two weeks' time after their 3-0 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.
The Magpies conceded twice from set-pieces inside the opening 16 minutes to leave themselves with an uphill task against the most successful team in Premier League history, with Jonny Evans and Patrice Evra on target.
And although the Ivorian thought team-mate Papiss Cisse had pulled a goal back early in the second half, referee Howard Webb allowed play to continue and England midfielder Tom Cleverley added a third for the visitors with a stunning goal in the 71st minute.
Tiote told nufc.co.uk: "We were really disappointed today about the result, because I think we prepared for the game well before the kick-off.
"But we conceded two sloppy goals and I think that killed the game. If you concede two goals so early against Man United, it's difficult to come back.
"But after the two goals, I think we worked hard and we tried to come back, but we didn't score and in the second half they scored a third goal and I think that was the game over."
In the same fixture last season, Newcastle won 3-0 with the Magpies' flying start proving to be the foundation for the victory.
"Today was a different story," Tiote admitted. "But that's football. We can not win every game; we lost today and now we have to think about the next game.
"It's hard to play against Man United. When you play against Man United, you have to work so hard because they have such good players.
"So it's hard to play against them but I think if you play as a team you can do something.
"But today we conceded two sloppy goals and that's killed us."
Even so, Cisse's 50th minute diving header, which was clawed away by David De Gea having at least partially crossed the line, could have changed the course of the match.
However, Tiote conceded: "I didn't see really, but I was thinking the ball was in. But the referee said no and it's over. Now we have to think about the next game.
"It's the derby and everyone will ready for this game.
"It's a tough game so I think we need to play well against them."
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