Derby star Chris Baird appears to have been drinking a bit of what his Manager has been consuming.
After the final whistle on Newcastle 1 Derby 0, Steve McClaren had said that his team were unlucky and Newcastle hadn’t deserved to win, with the Rams deserving at least a point.
This being despite the Magpies having 19 shots to Derby’s 4 and 8 on target to the visitors’ 2, the second of those coming in added time.
McClaren appears to have his players similarly deluded with Chris Baird also claiming Derby County were somehow unlucky.
The defender talks of Newcastle having ‘a couple of chances’ and saying that the end result ‘was very frustrating’.
Sometimes fans are similarly deluded after seeing their team outplayed and then having a bit of a go in the later stages, remembering the late charge rather than the majority of the game and pressure that came before that.
Newcastle didn’t necessarily deserve to hammer Derby but certainly they deserved to have won by at least a couple of goals, more than the visitors deserving anything out of the match.
McClaren’s team also got by far the better of the refereeing decisions, including keeper Scott Carson somehow avoiding a red card after taking out Ayoze Perez 20 yards outside the box, plus Derby getting another corner which created the late chance for Darren Bent, rather than Newcastle getting a deserved free-kick for Carson dragging Jamaal Lascelles down on the previous one.
“It was very frustrating.
“We’re disappointed not to have come and got a result here in the end. In the first half, we didn’t really get going for whatever reason and we showed them a bit too much respect.
“Newcastle had a couple of chances and we caused a lot of our own problems. It was a deflected goal in the end but we have to defend it better.
“In the second half, we gave it a good go, forced them into mistakes and we had a couple of chances to equalise. Unfortunately, we couldn’t quite force it over the line.
“They defended those situations we created well. Tom (Ince) has been on fire for us this season and there’s no chance that we are going to blame him for that miss. Nine times out of ten he would have put that in the back of the net.
“We have to take the result on the chin and move on because the games are coming thick and fast. Moving forward we also need to start better in games.
“The slow start is the biggest disappointment from our point of view and we have to learn from that.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Derby 0
Newcastle: Ritchie 27
Possession was Derby 49% Newcastle 51%
Total shots were Derby 4 Newcastle 19
Shots on target were Derby 2 Newcastle 8
Corners were Derby 5 Newcastle 5
Referee: Darren Bond
Crowd: 52,231 (3,185 Derby)
Darlow, Yedlin, Hanley, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Hayden (Perez 49), Shelvey, Gouffran (Lascelles 90+3), Diame, Mitrovic (Ameobi 84)
Elliot, Lazaar, Gamez, Murphy
(Read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the match HERE)
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(Steve McClaren reckoned Newcastle didn’t deserve to win, read his post-match views HERE)