Derby County vs Newcastle – Match Preview

After their best performance of the season last Friday night, when they hammered Cardiff City 5-1 – what do you expect Newcastle will do in their next game?

A let-down is what usually what happens after such a great performance, and we have to remember that even though the lads were just great, it was just one game.

Indeed, in the previous game at Leicester City, the team had trouble matching the Midlands side, and they only had 10 men from the 29th minute on.

But Chris Hughton and the coaches at Newcastle will have been drumming it into their strengthened squad, that they have to perform like last Friday night,  in every one of the 18 league games remaining.

Well at least go out there with that intention.

And tomorrow night at Derby County will be a good test of the team, to see if Friday’s performance was a flash in the pan, or that they can indeed start to play some good, attacking football through the end of the season.

Certainly, with two good attacking wingers in Gutierrez and Routledge, there should be lots of chances created, and if only we can take some of them – we should win lots of games through May.

That’s because the defense has been so strong this season, and a new back four of Simpson Hall Williamson and van Aanholt, didn’t look too bad on Friday night either.

Who would have thought the defense would have done so well in the absence of  Steven Taylor, Collocini and Jose Enrique.

We hear that Coloccini is still doubtful, and therefore we’d be surprised if Hughton risks the Argentine, who is due a rest in any case, so we expect the defense to be unchanged from Friday night.

In midfield, it seems that captain Alan Smith will return, after being rested on Friday night, so that means Nolan or Guthrie will probably have to start on the bench.

We’d like to see Guthrie given another start tomorrow night, because this lad needs more games in the middle of the park, and he can then get an opportunity to show us  just what a good player he can become in a black and white shirt on Tyneside.

Up front, we expect  Andy Carroll to start, if only because he’s in such good form, but surely Peter Lovenkrands deserves a start, after scoring 6 goals this year already, and some real opportunistic goals as well.

Chris may want to give Shola Ameobi a start, so that he remembers what it’s like to play in the first team – since he hasn’t had too many games lately.

So this is the side Chris could start tomorrow night at Derby:

Simpson Williamson Hall   van Aanholt
Routledge Smith (c) Guthrie Guttierez
Carroll Lovenkrands
Subs: Krul Kadar Butt Nolan Ameobi Best Taylor (R)

That’s a good side, and we need to go all out for the win, after Derby took 2 points off us at St.  James’ Park in late December.

The lads in training on Monday at Benton

On the Derby side, David Martin could make his Derby debut tomorrow night, if his loan move from Millwall goes through in time.

Midfielder Lee Croft could also come into the team, after returning to full training following his hamstring injury.

But Dean Leacock and Lee Hendrie will definitely miss out tomorrow night, as they continue to recover from their respective knee and hamstring injuries.

It should be a good game tomorrow night, which has a full schedule of Championship games taking place, but quite honestly anything but a win for the Magpies tomorrow night, will be a disappointment.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • jimiley

    Feb 8, 2010 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Guthrie has to play to give centre mid some creativity but don’t be surprised to find Smith and Nolan playing there. We need to have some confidence playing away from home and not just contain teams hoping to scrape 1 nil wins. The manager needs more bottle and should leave out a few” star” old timers/has beens like Butt. He should not be playing Smith and Nolan together in the middle.

  • Toon-Army

    Feb 8, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #2

    question just out of interest: can any1 tell me if smith and butt were not playing against cardiff. who was our captain??

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Feb 8, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Nolan skippered the side.

    I hope to god that we keep the same side with the possible exception of Best out and Lovernkrands in as 6 in 5 deserves a start.

  • Toon-Army

    Feb 8, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #4

    cherz waldo. 😛

  • DJG

    Feb 9, 2010 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #5

    I wouldnt mind if Hughton packs the midfield, so long as he does it properly with 2 wingers…..


    I would prefer the same team as Cardiff with Lovenkrands in for Best. Hughton will no doubt play some pointless negative team though with Butt.
    What is the point of breaking up a team that just won 5-1.

  • Toonmania

    Feb 9, 2010 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Derby only got 1 point out of the game at SJP 😉 unless they somehow get 2 points for a draw against the best team in the league 😀

  • bobby_ollox

    Feb 9, 2010 at 6:35 AM

    Comment #7

    he didnt say they got two points – he said they took two points of us. They were our three points, and we only got one. Ed gets plenty wrong under his own steam, without us needing to invent stuff.

  • MickyD

    Feb 9, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #8

    we have to play


    ……………………. smith…………………………



    and go for the attack straight from the off we need the points cos west brom are at home against scunny and i expect them to take all 3points as do i with forrest who play coventry away so we must win tonight lads HOWAY THE TOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Graeme

    Feb 9, 2010 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #9

    After Friday’s performance, why would you want to change the team? Other than starting with Loverboy, what would be the point?

    To win footy matches you need to attack and score goals – Friday’s team showed how it can be done; they should be given another chance to do it again at Derby!! Mon the TOON.

  • G

    Feb 9, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #10

    I’m with Graeme on this one. If it isn’t broke, and all that.

  • bobby_ollox

    Feb 9, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #11

    We have to be sensible lads. We arent good enough (yet) to win all out matches in the way we did on Friday.
    Even the great Keegan team couldnt get to the finish line playing gung ho football, and with respect, those players were a different class to the ones we have now.

    Keep grinding out the 1-0 scores, with the occasional 5-0 icing on the cake.

  • bobby_ollox

    Feb 9, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #12

    and dont forget, part of the reason why we won so convincingly on Friday was because Cardiff had no opportunity to figure out how Hughton’s new team would line up and perform.
    It wont take long for the other managers to figure out we can play on the right as well as the left now.

  • Mark-o

    Feb 9, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #13

    It’s not on the Telly is it?

    Does anyone know any link to watch it on the net?

  • ThaiMag

    Feb 9, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #14

    We should go with this team

    Simpson William Hall Aanholt
    Routledge Guthrie Nolan Jonas
    Loven Carroll

    Sub. Krul Kadar R.Taylor Smith Best Ranger Ameobi

  • The Entertainers

    Feb 9, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #15

    I like your team Ed……..

    Will be interesting to see if CH sticks with the very succesful 4-4-2 or switch as he has so often to the away day formation of 4-4-1-1, particular as Derby Co are a bit of a boggie team lately.

    Would love to see a 4-4-2 with Smith and Guthrie in the middle and of course Lovenkrands and Carroll must start up front

  • Toonmadtom

    Feb 9, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #16

    would like to see lovenkrands and carroll up front like, they are both on top form and i think that is our best pairing.


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