Saturday afternoon at St James Park has got a lot to recommend it but what do Derby fans think about it?
Second v sixth, Steve McClaren’s return, a club hoping to cement automatic promotion status against one now looking favourites for a play-off spot.
It is funny reading the comments below because amongst the more sane ones, there are many more who are guided by the media and what has immediately happened in the lead-up to this game.
Those with clear resentment against Newcastle United appear to be largely reacting to the level of coverage NUFC get, now they are a larger fish in a smaller pond.
As for those who are talking about an easy win after watching a poor Newcastle performance on Wednesday night. Yes, there is a possibility that Derby could come and win – but to base that on one result/performance is all a bit hopeful!
Comments from Derby fans via their top message board DCFCFans.UK:
‘They will come at us so we can hit them on the break potentially….could be one for Camara or Vydra snatch a winner late on having frustrated them with our solid back 6!’
‘Need to keep Shelvey quiet. I know man marking isn’t our style but keep him from bossing the game like he did at PP and we have a good chance in this one.’
‘Shelvey will be the key.. Most impressive player I have seen this season.’
‘They’ve lost a few at St James ‘ . Need to get a quick start and get in their faces.
Shelvey scored in 34 secs (on Wednesday) so if qpr were trying to keep him quiet it didn’t go so well.’
‘Watching them on tv (v QPR), the team on the pitch tonight looks not very good and qpr have missed loads of chances if we get a decent ref and play how we can a win is there for us.’
‘Hugely looking forward to this. We always play well against Newcastle. Even in our worst ever Prem season we got 4 points off them (and almost 6 as I think they equalized late on).
And if we start with the intensity and desire we did against Ipswich I think we’ll have them. They were very shaky at the back tonight vs QPR.
When things are going smoothly for them they purr like a Porsche and clip passess all over the place. But they go to pieces the second they let a goal in. Their recent form has been very up and down.
I think we’ll win 2-0 or maybe even 3-0
And I’m usually a pessimist!’
‘Drew 2-2 with a pretty ordinary qpr. We need to be respectful but not fearful.’
‘I assume the newcastle fans will be giving Mac a warm round of applause when he gets there?’
‘Could get interesting for them, they looked like a lot of individuals to me and may start to doubt themselves with Leeds actually looking like a confident team currently and not far behind.’
‘We fans should forget how we played against earlier this season. With Pearson we couldn’t give a game most of the teams in this league, never mind Newcastle.
I’m optimistic but with this one but would take a draw if offered now.’
‘Can only see a win here.’
‘We are definitely capable of winning at Newcastle. The midfield is key I reckon and with Bryson ‘coming good’ the signs are good.’
‘Rafa was on SSN this morning dodging questions about why Newcastle hadn’t strengthened in the Jan window.
“wasn’t my decision”……..”i told the club what the team needed”………”but it wasn’t my decision”.
Lets rub our hands with glee at the possibility of a Rafa meltdown……FACT.’
‘Yeah,because they haven’t spent much money have they!
If we start well and control possession you could see their so called great fans get restless again.’
‘Saw that. He’s not a happy bunny. I’m really confident we can beat them comfortably. Mr Hill will be receiving some coinage once I’m happy with the odds.’
‘Watched the game last night and thought QPR were the better team….Fact
Thought they looked vulnerable defensively especially out wide…Fact
Shelvey is easy to wind up, but we need to avoid another red card…….Fact
Rafa was making copious notes on his waiters pad last night and it was not an order for x6 gin and tonics…Fact
If Gayle is out we will beat them…2-0… Fact.’
‘52,000 sell out. Fantastic for a championship game tbf. Cannot wait for this one!’
‘It is odd I had a look at about 3 NUFC forums and no mention of our game that I could find .. just a lot of bleating about QPR and that Mr Ashley didn’t give Rafa a shed load of money in January because they weren’t 10 points clear.’
‘That 4 point gap must be starting to.look tempting to those chasing….
I hope we can help in a small wayt o push Newcastle back towards the play off pack.
A second season in this division would do them a world of good.’
‘This one is the real thing. Genuine prem team, effectively title favourites ( or at least with the resource, recent history etc etc to substantiate that ) away from home. Savvy manager. Our boss facing some demons.
Win this and we really can face anyone without a shred of doubt in our own ability and resilience.’
‘Forget the QPR game, they will be up for this one, they will be aware that we have a threat and will play better as a result.’
‘Newcastle are a very good side at this level, have many individual players who can run games and score goals out of nothing, have lots of fire power going forward and have a top manager for this level.
Whatever you think of Newcastle, whatever they have and haven’t spent on transfer fees, they are a very dangerous team to play.
I would snap your hand off for a point now, not being negative, just giving my opinion.
If we start poorly, or even give them chance to get momentum in the game, we will probably be punished heavily for it.’
‘Can’t stand Newcastle – I loved them during the Keegan days but since then they seem to have become the most self-entitled set of see you next Tuesday’s around.
Constantly claiming they’re a ‘big’ club despite not winning anything since the 1950’s with the ‘best fans’ because they get big attendances but then turn on whichever manager is in charge.
Their treatment of legend and gentleman Bobby Robson sums up them as a club and set of fans. Hope we stuff them!!’
‘Was thinking about this the other day. Did their lack of humour develop when Mike Cashley took over or before?
I think in actual fact they are a big club, at least based on their typical attendance figures but as you say, they’ve not got a record to match those figures.
Their fans are once again having a good old bleat it seems so it’s probably not a bad time to be playing them. In the home fixture under old blockhead, we more than matched them until we conceded and you’d like to think we’re playing rather better now. Fingers crossed.’
‘They are a big club. Or do you only judge the size of the club by it’s trophy cabinet?
Some clubs are big because they are successful, Some small clubs have remained small even after being successful and some clubs are just big clubs because of the amount of support they get week in week out even though they haven’t won owt.’
‘Newcastle have so many match winners so the most important thing is concentrating for the full 90+. One lapse of concentration and we will get punished.
For me this game is won with our back 6, if they can limit Newcastle’s chances then we have every chance of taking three points.
I’ve gone with 1-2 as a result.’
‘I think the rot set in before Ashley took over in fact I think they got what they deserved.
It is a shame though, when they were playing swashbuckling football under Keegan they were great entertainment and I think everyone other than Man U fans wanted them to win the league that season. But I think over time that raised expectations turned into a sense of entitlement.
In all fairness I still love Newcastle as a place it’s always a good laugh when I visit for work.’
‘Toon and Brighton bottling it – going to get interesting up there
On the Toon tomorrow (Friday) night 2100!’
‘Hey to everyone who are going to newcastle tomorrow lets let them know we have arrived we need everyone at top voice tomorrow.
I am so pumped up, I have never been to newcastle before somewhere new. Lets have a sea of black and white derby shirts lets have flags scavres being twirled around as the lads come out.’