Derby 0 Newcastle 2  –  Saturday 10 September 5.30pm

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle:

Paul Lyon

“Worked hard, put our foot in, looked strong and scored a great goal, a proper team performance.

“Wasn’t pretty but it was certainly effective, I would take this all season especially away from home.

“Great to score a deserved 2nd at the end too, we’re looking confident.

“Great scenes in our end applauding the team off.”

Nat Seaton:

“Never thought I’d ever be celebrating a Gouffran goal again…

“Not a great game by any means. I’ll take the 3 points though and move on to QPR in second place and unbeaten in five.

“I’m hoping there may be some tinkering with the team and at least some of the new recruits make an appearance.”

Jamie Smith

“Excellent stuff as we belatedly breeze into the automatic promotion places.

“I do think it’s a bit early to be looking at league tables mind, but if we can continue this form throughout the rest of our tricky September it should set us up very well for the run in to Christmas.

“I think our away games may well continue in this vein. Less than entertaining and seemingly sitting back in a way that proved so costly as McClaren constantly failed at it.

“However, Rafa is vastly different and has the team organised, galvanised and well backed up from the bench. This will backfire once or twice but we’ll win a lot more than we’ll lose. Early days but promising.

“A few words for the renaissance man – Gouffran has shown the willingness to work for his place at our club, which in itself should earn him credit in the bank. His transformation under Rafa could be one of the stories of the season.”

Leazes Park Ender:

“That’s more like it! Much more like it.

“The rebirth of Gouffran is a wonderful redemptive story akin to that of Nicky Butt’s in 2009 when his Toon career looked all but over.

“Gouffran deserved a goal against Brighton but the crossbar thwarted a rocket. No such issues today. That was a delicious strike on goal. He’s knuckles down and taken his chance.

“Today was a good controlled performance. There is still room for getting even better. Someone will surely soon get a smacking off us, three or four. Let’s hope so.

“The table looks healthier too. Journalists are right that Huddersfield must be taken seriously, so they are the targets, even if it’s a long season. We need to haul them in.

“The September fixtures are in the ‘tougher’ bracket so today was a good start to that sequence.”

Jamie Swan

“The perfect away performance only dampened by a pint of Guinness spilling onto my crotch one minute before kick-off.

“My Clark Kent to Superman impersonation in the Blucher club allowed me back in the room to witness a fantastic volley!

“I still don’t rate Gouffran…but I’m a bit of a tw*t.

“Can’t complain about any aspects.

“Great days.”

James Rutherford:

“Perfect away performance.

“We’ve really settled into championship life and look a real force.

“Mind, the season might as well end now, because it’s not going to get any better than that Gouffran goal!”

Here are the stats from BBC Sport:

Derby 0 Newcastle 2

Goals – 

Newcastle:  Gouffran 20, Yedlin 90+1

Possession was Derby 53% Newcastle 47%

Total shots were Derby 9 Newcastle 11

Shots on target were Derby 2 Newcastle 3

Corners were Derby 2 Newcastle 5

Team: Sels, Anita, Mbemba, Lascelles, Dummett, Colback, Shelvey, Gouffran (Yedlin 73), Ritchie, Diame (Hayden 88), Gayle (Perez 76)

Unused Subs: Darlow, Clark, Lazaar, Mitrovic

Referee: James Linington

Crowd: 30,405 (Newcastle 3,200)

(To watch both Newcastle goals v Derby go HERE)

(To view the collective Newcastle fans player ratings and to add  your own go HERE)