Newcastle United will meet Derby County at St Jamesâ€™ Park on Sunday determined to erase the memories of that terrible 1-0 defeat at Pride Park back on 17th September.
Sam Allardyce – this could have been Sam at Pride Park in September
This remains Derby Countyâ€™s only win of the season, and to make matters worse their win was in between a 6-0 hammering at Liverpool and a 5-0 destruction at Arsenal. That result showed the difference between two of the top teams in the Premiership and Newcastle, at that time.
And new Derby manager Paul Jewell will bring his side to Tyneside on Sunday with just six Premier League points, three of them from that win over Newcastle United at Pride Park. But we also know that Paul Jewell’s teams are always hard to beat, as he has his players playing at 100% effort all through the game.
Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce told the Evening Chronicle today about the pain of the Derby County defeat at Pride Park in mid-September:
â€œThat defeat at Derby County is still a sore point and it is still hurting, even though it is now a long time ago.â€ â€œAnd it is as bad a result as I have had since I came here.â€
â€œWe had gone there unbeaten from our four games in the Premier League and with a Carling Cup win over Barnsley and refreshed after an international break â€“ and lost to a wonder goal from Kenny Miller.â€
â€œI think Kenny has only scored one more goal for Derby since then, and when you also take into account that was the game when Michael Owenâ€™s groin first went, then it was a disappointing night for us all round.â€ â€œBut we are going into Sundayâ€™s game with seven points out of the last nine and with the chance of taking it up to 10 from our last four matches.â€
â€œItâ€™s a great opportunity for us and we will have to make sure we are ready â€“ and also make sure we donâ€™t give Derby County the sort of opportunity we gave Birmingham City in our last home game.â€ â€œJagger (Jewel) will have enjoyed his break away from the game while Stan has had a lot of success wherever he has been.”
â€œI know now they will be plotting a way out of trouble and we have to make sure it does not start against us on Sunday.â€ â€œDerby were resilient at Sunderland a couple of weeks ago and when I watched them against Middlesbrough last week I thought they were on the wrong end of a couple of poor decisions from the referee, yet they were only beaten in the end by a great goal from Tuncay.â€
â€œWe can expect them to put up a stubborn defense, and in their Geordie lad up front Steve Howard they have someone who can be a handful on his day.â€ â€œSo we will have to make sure that we adopt a professional approach to the game â€“ and if we do then we should be OK.â€
We need a win on Sunday, that’s the bottom line for Newcastle supporters, and we think we can do it.