MATCH REPORT: Derby Co 0 Newcastle United 2, Pride Park, 10/Sep/16, KO: 5:30pm. Att: 30,405

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My expectation when the fixture list was released was that this would be one of our most challenging games away from St James Park. Derby finished fifth last season amassing a respectable 78 points in the process and with the appointment of Nigel Pearson I thought they’d be one of the teams really pushing us for the automatic promotion spots.

The reality is however that Derby couldn’t get close to us, no doubt the losses of Chris Martin and Jeff Hendrick on deadline day have meant that any pre-season promotion ambitions for the Rams have had to be tapered back somewhat but this was all too easy for Newcastle United who ran out comfortable 2-0 winners in the end.

This Newcastle team is a totally different side to the one we saw last season, there is a clear plan from Rafa and the team atderby3 the moment are executing his plans to perfection, there is an efficiency about this team now and although we still lack flair there is a swagger and confidence that hasn’t been seen in a Newcastle side for years.

This was epitomised by the first 20 minutes of the game Derby were seeing a lot of the ball Will Hughes in particular impressed, but it never really felt worrying. It wasn’t so much that Derby were on top but more Newcastle were saying “Alright show us what you’ve got?” to which goal shy Derby had nothing. Even when Russell’s shot hit the back of the net as he was called for offside there was never any panic.

Roll on the 20th minute a re-born Yoann Goufrann fires Newcastle ahead with a superbly struck volley sending the away end into a frenzy. This was one of the best away crowds I’ve been in  – the noise was fantastic from start to finish. The players must have absolutely loved playing in front of that crowd and as long as these performances continue things will only get better.

But back to Goufrann, it is great to see him playing well and back in the team. He’s had a lot of stick over the last couple of years in my opinion some of it has not always been warranted. With Rafa hes got an important job in the side and his confidence back he is also not being played as a holding midfielder which is most likely helping too… Well done John Carver and Steve McClaren…

The work rate of Gouffran and Ritchie for the team at the moment is massive positive for us right now as well as their link up play and support for the fullbacks both were in fine form at the ipro stadium and long may that continue.

For the most part the second half was a similar tale Derby tried to have a resurgence a couple of shots but nothing that was troubling anyone in the away section we all knew this was only going to finish one way and that was with 3 points coming to Tyneside. Before the ref could draw the game to a close Shelvey whipped in a deep cross to Perez who laid the ball into to path of the oncoming DeAndre Yedlin to confirm a 2nd victory on the road for Rafa Benitez lads once again sending and already vocal away section into another frenzy!

As far as Derby as a place to visit goes it’s nicer than Sunderland but not as nice as Norwich – make of that what you will – derbymackemscouple of decent pubs and the stadium’s not to far walk from the city. The Ipro Stadium itself as far as flat pack stadiums go it is ok nicer than most. Not that I expect us to have to return there anytime soon.

Good trip, perfect performance and result, it’s going to get a few days for the Matt Richie song to stop looping in my head.

On to the next one.

We’re Newcastle and we’re going to win the league. Probably.

ANDY BOLLAND – You can follow Andy on @AndyLecht90


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7 Responses to MATCH REPORT: Derby Co 0 Newcastle United 2, Pride Park, 10/Sep/16, KO: 5:30pm. Att: 30,405

  1. Robert says:

    I thought the defensive play from our center half duo was brilliant. After watching Man U’s center defender woes earlier, Lascalles and Mbemba are the real deal. Thought Mbemba deserved the man of the match, but Lascalles was a good second choice and he clearly still deserves the armband.

    Also quite pleased with our secret new signing, Gouffran 2.0. Oh wait, it’s just the same hardworking pacey frenchman without the detriment of being pardewed (or worse yet, carvered and mclcared). It’s rare to see a winger with such defensive graft too—nice one, Yoan. Keep it up and the toon army will be singing your name.

  2. Rob Brown says:

    A manager who knows what he is doing . Who inspires players . Who has a method for each game , whose players understand that and then execute and enjoy themselves while doing it . Players some of whom under the previous two so called managers looked clueless joyless and useless . Rafa is exceptional . Newcastle United Football Club , our thing , is reborn . I haven’t felt like this for two decades . True Faith indeed . Thanks for all your hard work.

    • Phil Jobson says:

      absolutely spot on. We look totally together. There will be hard games to come and a couple of disappointments I’m sure, though what we are looking at here is the re-birth of Newcastle United Football Club. Years since i felt this anticipation for the next match. Bring it on.

  3. Bob says:

    Agree wholeheartedly with the comments from Robert and Rob. Rafa certainly shows thedifference between great managers and the rest – in our case previous average managers, maybe decent blokes but distinctly average. Rafa doesn’t say we were terrific when we wern’t or “had a moment”, he does inspire – the fans as well as the players and is always looking to improve. We obviously can’t rest on our laurels and must try to continue in this vein and I’m sure Rafa will see to that. He has good competition for places to help him. Onwards and upwards. Football is a pleasure again.

  4. Peter Shearer says:

    As my son and I were able to take up 2 tickets in the directors box (Derby connection), it was only right to suspend the Ashley boycott for one game! Agree that the away fans were superb and although missing the edge of being with them, nice perspective from the other side of the ground. I would also say that the noise from the Derby fans was good at the outset but quickly subdued as their side lacked any cutting edge. It was fascinating to be behind Rafa and watch just how much cajoling,organising and instructing he does-not sure how he has lasted this long with the stress he puts himself through. We all know he knows what he is doing and he makes it clear what he wants from each player. They appear to be rising to the challenge and have a unity of purpose so long lacking. I do hope Mitro steps up to the plate when given a chance, as I think we will need more presence up front in time.

  5. Andy bee says:

    I sat in a pub full of m8ckems watching this game and their constant taunts at my strip were music. Rafa is a legend already and there is no limit to what he can do in a steady purposeful way. As we cruised through this match the cold coors light was nectar on the throat , the mackems just shut the fuck up in their horrible corner and me – well I felt I was tar mac’ing the license plate roof in the shawshank redemption. Christ I could have been playing Lizzy with Morgan freeman! Thanks for returning our pride and making us all smile rafael.

  6. mikey says:

    Good to see Gouffran reborn , there always was a decent player there, now Rafa is unwrapping him, and developing and cajoling and instilling pride in the others there is a sense of altogetherness without the clueless we have not seen the like of for a long time, its good to read thru these black an whites nowadays…keep it up Michael…always knew it would start to come good