Very similar to the away match at Bristol City, with Newcastle scoring an excellent early goal and then shutting up shop for the rest of the game.

So what did the Derby fans make of it all?

Maybe the second goal was a little unfair on the home side to give a two goal margin but surely nobody can argue that Newcastle didn’t deserve to win…or can they?

Nigel Pearson argued that Derby were unlucky not to get something but how did his team’s own supporters view it?

Here are a range of views taken from the top Derby fans message board

‘Newcastle have some good players and picked up on our errors but they didn’t have anything that would make me green with envy.

In the end a great volley from the corner and a penalty decision was all that separated us from the most likely title contenders.’

‘At least we ran about a lot more than previous games.

How anyone can turn a decent side into this garbage in such a short time is incredible.’

‘Geordies today were fantastic. A bit chalk and cheese for me. Some are really amazingly friendly dedicated fans and some are just drunken knuckledraggers. Why take your shirt off when you went 1 up? It was your TEAM that scored , not YOU!!’

‘Perfect away performance from Newcastle. And we move on.’

‘Rubbish game of football. I thought we cancelled each other out & a 0-0 bore draw was probably a more fair result.’

‘When Newcastle had the ball there were multiple passing options and we had to make great tackles to win the ball. When we had the ball, there was no one to pass to and we would surrender the ball cheaply or just sideways and back pass. What does that tell you?’

‘Thought the team competed today against what was a really well organised and tactically astute Newcastle side.

Today could have easily been a 0-0. It’s easy to forget that Newcastle were just as poor as we were and had limited opportunities so we were by no means overawed, just that they took their chances when they came around.’

‘Newcastle and villa were relegated for reasons which have nothing to do with their prospects this season. Newcastle had a number of prima donna players , some of who they have sold for vast sums of money. They have strengthened the team sensibly with top championship players. They are the best team in this league and will be promoted for sure. They are not world beaters… They gave the ball away several times today and a better team than the Rams would have capitalised. But they are easily good enough for promotion.’

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‘I thought Newcastle were very comfortable. Never had to get out of first gear and for all of our toil and hard work, we never really looked like threatening them.’

‘Newcastle had better players than us all over the pitch.

Newcastle also managed to con some teams into paying well over the odds for some of their players. To compare the spending power of Villa and Newcastle with Burnley and Hull last year is pretty laughable – it was more of a level playing field last year, but its only going to get worse, so we had better get used to it.’

‘Pretty poor stuff today against quite poor opposition.’

‘Watched this with a pub full of toon fans in Whitley Bay. They weren’t impressed with us or them. 2 poor teams with 2 goals that won’t be repeated any time soon. What worries me is the lack of chances created. They were always going to sit back and let us come on to them, what work did we do during the week to try and break them down?’

‘There was nothing in the game, Newcastle converted a half chance (a stunning goal) and a calamity at the end when we only had 3 defenders on the pitch. That was it, we had a couple of half chances and should have had 2 penalties. It could have easily been 0-0. On another day we would have edged it.’

‘I think that was the most disappointing thing, Newcastle weren’t great, I can hardly remember Carson having to make a save….’

‘Newcastle didn’t need to push forward after going 1-0. It was job done from then on as Derby currently offer next to nothing in terms of a goal threat. ONE goal in SIX games is actually funny.’

‘Newcastle had us at arms length the whole game, just completely in control physically, and just snuffed us out. Classic away win, unruffled.’

‘Clearly Newcastle are sharper, Ritchie very good, Shelvey…they are just a much better team. We won’t face a better team. As for Carson think he was scared of losing his teeth. ‘

‘Oh well when your luck is out.’

‘If you think today had anything to do with luck you are an ostrich.’