Newcastle's Cheick Tiote will not dwell on Africa disappointment

Chieck Tiote

Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has said he will not dwell on his Africa Cup of Nations disappointment now he is back to club commitments.

The Ivory Coast international, 25, was in the side beaten by Zambia in the final earlier this month but returns to duty against Wolves on Saturday.

"That's football, you need to move on as a professional footballer," Tiote told BBC Newcastle.

"I am happy to be back training and we have an important game on Saturday."

He added: "It was not so hard [to get over] as it was on penalties, which is about luck."

Alan Pardew's Magpies maintained their impressive form in the Premier League in Tiote's absence, winning four of five league games.

A 5-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane a fortnight ago was the sole defeat of that spell, a game the former FC Twente player kept a close eye on from his ACN base.

"It was important [to watch the game] because I need to support my team and my team-mates," Tiote added.

"We lost two weeks ago at Tottenham and we need to do everything to start again.

"I was sad about the result at Spurs but that's finished and we need think to about Wolves now."