It is Newcastle v Derby in the second tier of English football.

The sun might be shining but it is still all a little bit mad that we have all become used to 50k+ crowds this season, taking it for granted.

Visiting players and fans certainly don’t and Derby County are the latest.

Visiting midfielder Craig Bryson says that playing in front of a capacity fifty two thousand St James Park crowd, ‘speaks volumes, for the division and the game itself’.

Matches so far this season have seen a mixture, with some teams seemingly intimidated by the occasion but the majority inspired to put that extra effort in.

QPR did the latter on Wednesday night and Newcastle didn’t really respond to that for most of the 90 minutes, now they have the chance to put that right only three days later.

The last thing we want is to see a cheesy Steve McClaren grin as he leaves St James Park tonight, that would be a little hard to take.

Craig Bryson:

“I don’t think games come much bigger than this in the Championship.

“Going to a stadium that’s going to be sold out with a capacity of over 50,000 in the second tier of English football speaks volumes, for the division and the game itself.

“We obviously want to go there and upset them. We certainly don’t want to go and make up the numbers, we want to try and win the game.

“Everyone here believes we can go and do it. Hopefully this occasion will bring out the best in us and on our day we are more than a match for anyone in this league.”

“We need to show the belief like we did on Tuesday (when beating Ipswich 3-0 at Portman Road).

“We’ve lost at Norwich and Leeds recently, we’re aware of that, but we went to West Bromwich Albion last month and showed what we are capable of.

“We also played Leicester at home last week and have shown we can hold our own against good teams.

“There’s no reason why we can’t go up there and get a result. It’s obviously going to be a massive test because they’ve had a really good season so far.”