DeAndre Yedlin has admitted that the players got together and talked after the disappointing result and display against QPR on Wednesday.
The United right-back saying that the team collectively accepted that they had been maybe ‘too complacent’ and were ‘sitting back a bit too much’.
Yedlin adding that ‘with the quality Newcastle have, we should be pushing higher on teams, trying to win the ball back further up the field’.
The outcome of that team chat was clear to see on Saturday as Newcastle dominated for the first 70/75 minutes and played far better football, putting noticeably more pressure on Derby further up the pitch.
It was much better to watch as well and the players also cut out the unnecessary over long passing about at the back which had been getting NUFC nowhere recently.
Newcastle were worth much more than their one goal lead but as DeAndre Yedlin says, when necessary the team also defended far better than of late.
It took until added time after the 90 minutes when Derby managed their second effort on target and Yedlin headed away Darren Bent’s goal-bound header, the defender feeling he was just in the right place at the right time.
Certainly, if Newcastle play the rest of the season like they did in that first half on Saturday, they will win far more than they lose.
DeAndre Yedlin speaking to NUFC TV:
“It (beating Derby) gives us a little bit of momentum back, a hard fought win against a good team. So, good for confidence and we’ll push on from here.
“After the last (QPR) game, we talked about being too complacent and sitting back a bit too much.
“With the quality we have here, we should be pushing higher on teams, trying to win the ball back further up the field.
“I saw the ball going over Darlow (in the final minute v Derby) and I was just in the right place at the right time. Luckily I got it out and Jonjo cleared it – just happy with the three points.
“I think as a whole the team defended well and we are going to push on from here.
“We talked (after QPR) about staying together and the unity, the fans were unbelievable and behind us every minute of the game.
“Whether they realise it or not, it really helps when they are behind us and makes it tough for the other team.”