That man Yoan Gouffran scored a superb goal after 20 minutes in this game – his first in 20 months for Newcastle – and that put the Magpies on track to their 5th win in a row and four successive wins in the league that takes us up to 2nd in thew league – still 4 points behind Huddersfield, who won 1-0 at Leeds today.
A stoppage time goal by substitute DeAndre Yedlin was enough to make the score look respectable and this was Newcastle’s fourth clean sheet in a row – as Rafa has seemed to have sorted things out with the team after those two early defeats.
Yoan Gouffran after scoring first goal on 20 minutes
Gouffran hit a first time effort from Jonjo Shelvey’s deep corner that went beyond the Derby goalkeeper – it was a terrific strike by the Frenchman who has been revitalized by Rafa at Newcastle.
And then in stoppage time new boy DeAndre Yedlin put in Ayoze Perez’s cross.
But it was a close game at the iPro stadium tonight, where both teams struggled to make an impact in the final third but it was Newcastle’s extra bit of class that got them the victory.
Derby have struggled to score in their first five games with only one goal, but goalkeeper Mats Selz had another good game and made two excellent saves to keep the clean sheet.
This was another good professional win for Newcastle as the team is starting to get to grips with what it takes to win in the Championship.
The team is starting to look solid at the back – and it’s been a very long time since we have been able to say that.