Derby fans quickly sold out their full allocation of tickets for the trip to St James Park.
Around 3,200 were part of a 52k+ capacity crowd as Newcastle 1-0 but what did the visitors make of the whole experience.
Some doubted just how much quality Newcastle have but the vast majority did acknowledge that all the factors point to the Magpies looking to be heading back to the Premier League.
Interestingly, almost all of the Derby fans disagreed with Steve McClaren’s claims that Newcastle didn’t deserve to win and that Derby deserved at least a point. Instead the travelling supporters felt the home side were on top for all but the last 15 minutes of the match, when the Rams belatedly had a bit of a go.
Interesting stuff as well about their thoughts on our City, supporters and stadium.
Comments from Derby fans via their top message board DCFCFans.UK:
‘Love to be a fly on the wall in Mac’s house just now….. He’ll not admit it but he must be absolutely chomping at the bit. Go stick it right up em Steve.’
‘Bold statement I know but I don’t think the Magpies will end up in the top two although I think they will win today. What are the odds on them not getting promoted? ‘
‘Anyone there in Newcastle?
What’s it like? We planned to go but couldn’t get a ticket.
Set the scene!’
‘Lots of overweight men and women with not much clothing on, walking round saying whey aye man.’
‘I’ve heard we will be kept in 20 mins after the final whistle today and not paid for it either.’
‘Sun is out, hard to spot the Derby fans now as we’re all black and white.
The car park attendant called me ‘pet’ so I am happy!’
DURING THE MATCH – FIRST HALF:
‘Weird stadium, its like the pirelli fused with the nou camp.’
‘Should be game over. Great save by Carson. We’ve been very poor.’
‘This has been dire so far, thought we’d at least give it a go.’
‘Struggling to get out of our half at the moment.’
‘Only one team in it, bloody hell they have had some chances – can we get to HT only one down?’
‘One minute Diame looks like Yaya toure in his prime and the next he looks like bambi on ice…..’
‘The simplest explanation for this performance is that Newcastle are a lot better than us.’
‘QPR showed in the week how to play against these and it wasn’t by sitting in your own half waiting for them to give you the ball.’
‘Too much respect shown and tempo all wrong, waiting like lambs to the slaughter. Midfield too lightweight for today and we need to be right in their faces, esp with Shelvey. It’s all too easy for them.’
DURING THE MATCH – SECOND HALF:
‘How the **** did mitrovic miss that! Dreadful defending.’
‘Can SOMEBODY please stand on Lord Shelveymore’s toes? Too much time and space.’
‘Lol Russell isn’t exactly the slowest but Yedlin left Russell for dead there and what a pass by Shelvey. A class above everyone on the pitch.’
‘Benitez has got his tactics spot on. Like Brighton, they are so organized that it’s just frustrating to play against them.’
‘That was the chance. Ince wide from 6 yards out. Really had to score that…’
‘Sell Tom Ince.’
‘Much better last 20 minutes. Wished it was from the outset. As someone alluded too, Newcastle are a Premier League team in all but name.’
‘Hard to be mad really. Whichever way u look at it, Newcastle are a premier league team.’
‘At least we don’t have to play Newcastle again this season!’
‘Shame, good last 20 mins. Why couldn’t we have put that kind of performance in for the whole game? We made them look good first half.’
‘Newcastle had control of the first half and it was easy for them but in the second half we showed that we are at least good enough to give the play-offs a good old push.
It was a tale of the playmakers today. Shelvey ran it for Newcastle, we were missing Hughes. If we had Hughes and NUFC were instead missing Shelvey, it could possibly have been a very different game.’
‘Not buying this Newcastle Premier League malarkey.
They are a Premier League team with a Championship standard squad.’
‘Newcastle aren’t that good. In fact we dispossessed them at will. Too little too late from us gainst a very vulnerable overrated team, mac says “lack of belief” but did he believe ?’
‘I keep reading Newcastle aren’t that good
Just looked at the league table and their results this season. They are good. Honest.’
‘All round an unsurprising defeat, against a team clearly better than us and not something we should panic about with the squad in its current state.
Of course we could say why the squad isn’t good enough, but that’s a different argument.
What however is disappointing and concerning is that matter of the performance for the first 70 minutes, tactically we were outdone and didn’t look anywhere near like a team who even should be on the same pitch as Newcastle which isn’t right at all as we proved later on in the match.
So the question that the coaching staff need to look at is why didn’t we start with the energy that we finished with?’
‘Good atmosphere pre-match and quite a lot of singing in the concourse.
For me, I was a little bit intimidated by the height of the seats above the pitch first half. There were a lot more people sitting than usual (including me) and the singing was rather fragmented.
I am sure the football didn’t help. Strangely enough, the Newcastle fans were really quiet too. I was expecting that wall of sound that we get at Leeds but there was nothing. Unless we just couldn’t hear it up in the stratosphere!
Second half I thought we got louder as we became more accustomed to our surroundings. I plucked up courage to stand, much to the relief of the guys in front of me and like others found my voice in response to the improved performance down below.
Biggest noise of the afternoon though was the cheer of relief from the home fans on the final whistle!’
‘It was a bit odd after the game, we were made to go left, but wanted to go right so we doubled round and walked under the stand.
There were about 50 Newcastle chavvy 12-15 year olds stood behind the stewards trying to ‘have a go’ at the Derby fans but all they had to do was walk another 10 yards where everyone was just mingling in together.
When we doubled back under the stand we just walked straight through the middle of them.’
‘Gutted. Could’ve scored 3 in the last 15 mins but not to be. Still drinking to forget and will post properly later.
In summary, we started slowly, made Newcastle look good (and they’re nowt special) for 45 mins, and then could’ve equalised a few times.
Geordies sang their usual 2 songs and were library style quiet except for the goal and ubiquitous booing of anything that’s not going their way. Special fans, my arse – a media and North East regurgitated myth.
Quietest we’ve been away for years, especially considering the numbers. The make up of the ground doesn’t help. It’s like looking over the fence at someone else’s party. Through binoculars.’
‘Real disappointment with the display following Ipswich. One of the easiest matches Newcastle will play this season. (Far too much respect shown).’
‘Got a little bit aggressive in the concourses after the game, I don’t think they took to us singing the Steve McClaren song too well! Stewards had to separate us but to a slightly drunk person (me), it was all fun and games!’
‘Watched the game. We only attacked last fifteen, should have been losing by more than one. Yes two good chances but when comparing overall performance we were not at the races.’
‘Just got back, my take as follows..
Great weekend, many laughs, great city to be fair, good boozers, nice restaurants, nice weather for Feb..’
‘Someone threw a stick at us just outside the ground, over a hedge….scary.
We’ve just got back, went to a Wetherspoons on the Quayside and had a walk along the Tyne, sun was out and it was lovely.
Good weekend, just a shame about the result. Ah well.’
‘just watched the sky Highlights – god knows how Tom didn’t equalise!! and i thought that final header was in – i was right behind it – as i sneaked in the Geordie end with my lad….
We had beers at Rosies – full of Mags and Rams – had a great day out – but pity we didn’t pick up a point.
Good place Newcastle – they seemed to have bought no-one this time – and think they have enough to go up – they are probably good enough for the Autos.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn – Jesmond – good place and few Rams in there.
Both my kids at University in the City – so made for a good weekend.’
‘Apparently it’s a myth that Newcastle are a decent side, a Premiership team in the Championship (even if a bottom-half team). What a load of tripe!
Thus far they are averaging 2.14 points per game played which, if sustained, will yield a final points total of over 98 points.
Offhand, I can only think of Reading and Newcastle themselves having finished a season with more. Hardly shabby!’