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Tiote insists Newcastle dressing room positive despite Arsenal loss

Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has made it clear that all the players and coaches are remaining positive in the wake of last night's heartbreaking loss to Arsenal.

The Magpies opened the scoring through Hatem Ben Arfa before Robin van Persie leveled less than a minute later prior to Thomas Vermaelen's 94th minute winner.

The defeat made it just two draws in four matches for the Toon, who are now eight points behind the fourth-placed Gunners, but Tiote says it is all positivity ahead of the weekend's visit from Norwich City.

"I think the next game is important," he told the club's official website. "We'd drawn the last two games and tonight we lost, so I think we need to do everything to win the next game.

"The dressing room is okay. We're staying positive, because we didn't deserve that. But that's football.

"I think the most important thing is that we show our good character, be strong as a team and think about Sunday."

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