Good Approach Should Get Win Against Derby

Newcastle United will meet Derby County at St James’ 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 County’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:

“That defeat at Derby County is still a sore point and it is still hurting, even though it is now a long time ago.” “And it is as bad a result as I have had since I came here.”

“We 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 – and lost to a wonder goal from Kenny Miller.”

“I 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 Owen’s groin first went, then it was a disappointing night for us all round.” “But we are going into Sunday’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.”

“It’s a great opportunity for us and we will have to make sure we are ready – and also make sure we don’t give Derby County the sort of opportunity we gave Birmingham City in our last home game.” “Jagger (Jewel) will have enjoyed his break away from the game while Stan has had a lot of success wherever he has been.”

“I 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.” “Derby 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.”

“We 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.” “So we will have to make sure that we adopt a professional approach to the game – and if we do then we should be OK.”

We need a win on Sunday, that’s the bottom line for Newcastle supporters, and we think we can do it.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • ToonKing

    Dec 21, 2007 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #1

    i put a “little” on us winning 5-0 and i want a bloody revenge, so they better take a professional approach. Also Wigan won’t be that easy and after that we have though games coming up so this is a must win.

  • Pi55 Off Sam

    Dec 21, 2007 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Bottom line we need a win? And I think we can do it? Really? You think we can against the worst team in the league at home? I know we should…. And we should hammer them, but due to Fat Sam’s negative tactics we probably won’t!

    This is a must win anything but a win is not acceptable! Anything but a win and Sam should be publically releaved of his duties as our manager!

  • steve

    Dec 21, 2007 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #3

    Actually we lost to a superior team on the day – they wanted it much more than us as we weren’t being professional back in those days

    Sam’s right (as ever) if the players would actually just listen to him and play as he says we wouldn’t need to worry about this game or any other game for that matter

  • James

    Dec 21, 2007 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Sam will go with the usual 4-3-3 lack of pace defensive set up, and we will only manage a hard fought 2-0 win.

    Not helped by our best attacking player (N’Zogbia) being in defense again.

  • Pi55 Off Sam

    Dec 21, 2007 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Steve do you like an afternoon tipple?

  • steve

    Dec 21, 2007 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Good Approach should win against Derby

    How about this then.

    Good afternoon Mr Jewel, I’d like to take the opportunity of introducing my players to you.

    blah blah blah

    Here’s 500 great british pounds for your wonderful set of lads to lie down and save themselves for a night of fun & frolics on the quayside later on.

  • thelongshanks

    Dec 21, 2007 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #7


  • thelongshanks

    Dec 21, 2007 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #8

    Can he at least try this formation in probabaly our easiest game(i hope) this season.

  • steve

    Dec 21, 2007 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Sam will go for either 4-5-1 or 4-6-0
    After all we are at home and need to ensure we get at least a draw.

    Sam knows best

  • Leo

    Dec 21, 2007 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #10

    matt letissier* on sky sports reckons it will be a 2-0 home victory, he is not very often wrong on his predictions…

  • Howie

    Dec 21, 2007 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #11

    ye i think 2-0 is a sensible prediction. hopefully an early goal comes our way or else we might become very frustrated like at pride park

  • Bobby Ollox

    Dec 21, 2007 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #12

    2:0 at home ? – hoorah! a crushing victory.
    Maybe a deflected og and a lucky penalty.

  • James

    Dec 21, 2007 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Beye Capaca Taylor N’Zogbia
    Geremi Butt Barton
    Milner Martins Smith

    Same old team he always picks when he shouldn’t

  • Jaypro

    Dec 21, 2007 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #14

    1-0 off Milner’s ass in the 90th is good enough for me 3 points is 3 points. Stop moaning and start supporting your team.

  • Howie

    Dec 21, 2007 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #15

    totally agree jaypro. i dont care how we win as long as we are on 28 points on xmas day

  • Tripp

    Dec 21, 2007 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #16

    So many whinging pox bottles. It’s no wonder we’ve had 11 managers in the Prem era with c*nts like you lot for “fans”. FFS, shut the hell up or make a reasonable comment.

  • Brisbane Mag

    Dec 21, 2007 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Longshanks; I like your team although I see Butt starting and Emre on the bench.

    Playing with 2 wingers will be awesome!

    It’s time for Enrique to start getting games and Derby at home is just the beginning…..

  • Jaypro

    Dec 22, 2007 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #18

    Tripp spot on. I’m so sick of the moaning. We sit 5 points out of 5th place. Give BSA a chance FFS.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 22, 2007 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #19

    how will you guys react if we lost on sunday? what action will you want to be taken?

  • Tripp

    Dec 22, 2007 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #20

    Sack Sam. Then bring in a new manager and sack him too, just to prove that no one’s safe. The important thing is, after a loss to an inferior side, to set your club up for failure by removing any hope of having continuity. NUFC’s problem is that we haven’t had enough managers recently.
    Look at MUFC and AFC, they’ve foolishly maintained the same managers for years and years and look what it’s gotten them.

    I’ll be sorely disappointed if we lose to DC. Then, I’ll get over it and set my sights on Wigan. WTF else can I do? I have no control over the result and sacking SA, which is what I assume you’re implying with your comment, won’t solve any of our problems. Who the hell are we going to get that’s any good? Really, who?


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